If you thought that hiring hitmen only happens in movies, former Member of Parliament Chan Soo Sen’s experience proves otherwise.
68-year-old Khoo Tsu Peng will be jailed for more than one year and four months, and fined $20,000, for organising an assault on Mr Chan.
Here’s what happened.
Hired Man to Beat Mr Chan Up
In October 2019, a man named Ho Soo Foong told Khoo that he wanted to “teach Mr Chan a lesson” by getting someone to beat him up. He offered to pay a five-figure sum.
Ho told Khoo that he suspected his daughter was having an affair with Mr Chan. However, Ho actually suspected that his wife was having the affair, but lied as he found it embarrassing.
Ho then showed Khoo a picture of Mr Chan. Khoo then hired Mohd Ali Osman, who agreed to take the job for $25,000.
In turn, Ali then hired another person, Muhammad Raimi Saharudin, to throw chilli powder and break Chan’s leg.
Ali had even scouted ahead, telling Raimi that Mr Chan usually takes the bus along Pasir Panjang Road.
Threw Chilli Powder, Hit Mr Chan With Wooden Stick
On the evening of 26 December 2019, Ali called Raimi to come to the bus stop. Raimi brought a wooden stick with him and waited for Mr Chan.
It was nearly midnight when Mr Chan alighted from a bus. Recognising him from a photo Ali showed him, Raimi then approached Mr Chan.
He threw chilli powder and hit Mr Chan on his back with the stick multiple times, causing Mr Chan to fall to the ground.
Raimi shouted at Mr Chan, telling him “you know what you have done” before riding away on a motorcycle. He threw the wooden stick away at a petrol station.
Ali then told Khoo and Ho that the job was done the next day, and received $20,000 for the job. Raimi received $3,000 out of the $20,000.
Reader Bao: Um, wasn’t the agreed payment $25,000?
You’re right, Reader Bao. However, Ho did not pay the remaining $5,000, as he was unhappy that the police started investigating him.
Made Police Report
Yep, the police started investigating Ho because Chan made a police report the night of the accident.
He suffered bruises all over his left elbow and knees, as well as on his back.
Raimi has been sentenced to jail, while Ho and Ali’s cases are still ongoing.
But this isn’t the first time Khoo organised an attack.
Organised Another Attack, Facilitated Illegal Horse, 4D Betting
In another case, Khoo also organised an attack on a 44-year-old man. The man had a fight with Khoo’s good friend over gambling winnings.
Two men punched and kicked the victim near a coffee shop, resulting in a nasal fracture and blunt injury. There were bruises to the victim’s face, scalp, and clavicle.
Khoo also admitted to facilitating illegal horse and 4D betting.
Significant Planning Involved
Deputy Public Prosecutors Sean Teh and Deborah Lee said that Khoo was largely responsible for the attack on Mr Chan.
This is because he was the one who facilitated the hiring of assaulters, and the one who planned the attack.
Khoo pleaded guilty to a charge each of abetting an offence of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, abetting an offence of voluntarily causing hurt, and remote gambling.
He received a one-and-a-half-year jail term, as well as a fine of $20,000. Khoo cannot be caned as he is above 50 years old.
For helping an offence of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, he could be jailed up to 10 years, fined and caned.
Those guilty of helping an offence of voluntarily causing hurt can face imprisonment up to three years, fined up to $5,000, or both.
For facilitating remote gambling, one can face up to five years’ imprisonment, a fine of minimum $20,000 and up to $200,000, or both.
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