Vastavam web: A 37-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean was sentenced to three years in jail with six strokes of the cane on Monday for his involvement an audacious daylight robbery at a jewellery shop last year during which valuable items worth USD 87,880 were looted. The cases involving his two alleged Indian-origin Singaporean accomplices—M Jegatheesh, 28, and Sharavindran Suppiah, 32 are still pending.
Jegatheesh told them that he wanted to rob Hock Cheong Jade and Jewellery shop at Block 574, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 the next day. The court heard that he chose the shop as it looked old and assumed that it was not installed with an alarm system. The prosecutors added that Jegatheesh chose the shop as the owners, Ling Hew Kwong, 70, and his brother, Leng Yew Weng, 75, “were of advanced age and would not be able to put up resistance”. When it became stuck midway, he shouted at Ling and his brother before jumping over a jewellery counter.
Amid the ruckus, the two shop owners managed to press hidden alarm buttons to notify an external security firm that their store was being robbed. The DPPs said that Jegatheesh then “swept the jewellery, including gold necklaces, bracelets, and pendants, into his duffle bag”. After an investigation, police raided Veeramani’s home at 1.30 am on August 16 last year. Officers have since managed to recover the stolen valuables.