While gun crime is a rarity in Singapore, it’s not entirely non-existent.
Here, we will explore four intriguing incidents of gun crime in Singapore, showcasing the potential severity and rarity of such offences.
An Unfortunate Air Rifle Case
In April 2013, a retired individual, Lee Chee Kum, was given a six-week jail term after he accidentally shot his neighbour with an air rifle back in 2012.
Kum’s fondness for air guns led to a hefty fine of $5,000 for possessing illegal weapons, underscoring the rarity of a gun in Singapore.
In 2014, he was once again slapped with a two-week jail term after he was caught smuggling air rifles into Singapore.
A Nightclub Owner’s Tragic Demise
The year 2006 saw a tragic incident when Tan Chor Jin, also known as the “One-Eyed Dragon,” fatally shot nightclub owner Lim Hock Soon.
Armed with a knife and a loaded pistol, Tan invaded Lim’s home.
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After forcing Lim to restrain his family and housemaid, he fired six shots, five of which found their target.
Tan was later executed at Changi Prison on 9 February 2009.
Rifle Robbery: A Startling Case
A particularly notable rifle case occurred in May 2012.
Mohammad Ridzuan Jamari audaciously attempted to rob an NSF’s assault rifle with just a 20-cm screwdriver.
Fortunately, onlookers managed to capture him, and the rifle remained on the premises.
The audacious act led to Jamari serving a jail term of 5 years and 3 months, along with receiving 3 strokes of the cane.
Averted Bank Robbery Involving an Air Pistol in Singapore
Ng Shi Qiang’s plan to rob a POSB outlet in Yishun in October 2013 ranks as a unique case in the annals of Singapore gun crime.
However, Ng abandoned his original plan due to fear, choosing to hide the air pistol he had brought in a dry riser unit at the closest HDB block.
When he returned to retrieve the weapon two days later, he discovered that it was gone.
As it turns out, a resident had found the Singapore gun and reported it to the police. Ng was ultimately convicted and sentenced to a 5-year and 9-month prison term, along with 6 strokes of the cane.
While incidents involving real guns in Singapore are far and few between, these cases serve as a reminder that, although uncommon, gun crimes do occasionally occur.
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