While Singapore is a relatively safe country, there is always one case once in a while to remind us not to take safety for granted.
Low crime doesn’t mean no crime.
The Orchard Towers murder shook the nation after it hit the news earlier in July 2019.
If you somehow missed it, you can always read up here.
Due to appear in court again today (11 July), this case has just gotten a few updates.
Footage Leaked Online
As the police investigate Natalie Siow Yu Zhen and the rest of the seven
dwarves accomplices, nosey concerned netizens have been pining for some updates or new footage.
A Facebook user granted them their wish, and a video was uploaded which offered a short glimpse into a better angle of the fight.
You can watch the video here.
The video isn’t very clear, but you could probably make out some stuff after rewatching a few times.
For example, the weapon in question was probably the objected raised at the 12-second mark, but we can’t be sure.
You may also recognise Natalie Siow, the sole female, in the video.
Who is Natalie Siow? Why is she getting so much attention as compared to the rest of the offenders?
Well, for one, she’s the only female in the entire group.
For another, thirsty guys online.
With Netizens from certain websites *cough* HardwareZone *cough* filled with no lack of horny boys, they quickly dug her info up and even formed their own Natalie Siow Yu Zhen fan club.
One of their quotes stated, “Chio bu don’t pang sai!”
You can read up more here.
Natalie Siow Back At Orchard Towers
Just yesterday (10 July), Natalie Siow was spotted back at the scene of the crime.
You can see Natalie in typical prison garb, accompanied by a few police officers while her hands and legs are cuffed together.
With already being the attention of all media, she was photographed while being escorted back to Orchard Towers.
And she wasn’t the only one.
Two of the others have also been photographed.
But of course, they didn’t receive as much as attention.
Because they’re not as chio.
New Update: Three People Had Their Murder Charges Withdrawn
In a move that no one saw coming, it’s revealed today in court that three of the seven people who were initially charged for murder had their charges “downgraded”.
Instead of murder, the charges were changed to “a charge each of consorting with a person carrying an offensive weapon.”
Which kind of makes sense, because it’s almost impossible for seven people to murder one person with just one weapon.
The people who escaped the death penalty are Tan Hong Sheng, 22, Chan Jia Xing, 26, and 25-year-old Loo Boon Chong.
So yes, Natalie isn’t one of them.
DPM Lawrence Wong has just spoken about his plan for Singapore in the next ten years and more. Here’s a summary of his first speech: