Man Who Was Burned in Marsiling Died & The Suspect is Now Charged With Murder Instead


We’re lucky to stay in a safe and secure Singapore. 

In a city that hardly sees any crime, we might sometimes grow too comfortable with it. But crazy occurrences like this remind us that danger still lurks in our community. 

Man Who Was Burned in Marsiling Died & The Suspect is Now Charged With Murder Instead

In December 2022, a 65-year-old man poured accelerant on someone nearly 30 years younger than him and lit him on fire. 

Like something out of a horror movie, the perpetrator, Tay Kheng Hock, committed the act at Block 210 Marsiling Crescent. 

The victim, 37-year-old Tan Khim Hee, was sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital conscious. However, he later died, although the time of death was not mentioned.

According to the police, they received a call for assistance to the scene at around 10.10 pm on 28 December.

When they arrived at the scene, the older man was immediately arrested. 


Initially, Tay was charged with attempted murder, but since the victim passed away, his charge is now changed to murder.

The two men are business owners, with Tan being the owner of Heng Hock Minimart and Tay being the owner of the beauty parlour Wishing Well Beauty Centre. 

What Happened? 

On 28 December, Tay went to Heng Hock Minimart to grab a beer. 

However, he was turned down by the shop owner, Tan. Consequently, Tay was reportedly enraged and poured accelerant on Tan in front of the shop. 

Using a lighter, he set the man on fire. 

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Initially, with charges of attempted murder, Tay could be either jailed for life and caned, jailed for up to 20 years and fined and caned, or both. 

Now, since it’s a murder charge, Tay could face a maximum sentence of the death penalty. Under the first limb of section 300, if a person caused the death of another person with the intention of murder, the person would be hung. 

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