The family of the late Singaporean soldier Dominque Sarron Lee, whose legal costs from their suit against the SAF and two officers will be waived, will be donating funds raised to defray them to charity.
Their chosen organisation? The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Lee, who in 2012 died from an acute allergic reaction to smoke grenades during National Service training, has had his story revisited in the most painful fashion possible — by having it played out in court, in his family's bid to see justice served. His case was thrown out, though, with defence lawyers successfully citing the Government Proceedings Act, which protects the two commanders involved with immunity to civil suits brought against them as a result of death or injury occurring during training.
The late Lee's mother, Felicia Seah, was initially instructed to pay $22,000 in costs to lawyers representing the three defending parties, but Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen followed up with a statement late Monday urging those involved to waive the amount.
University undergraduate Brian Wong, who started a fundraising campaign on Sunday to help Lee's family defray the amount, has informed Mothership.sg of Lee's family's decision through his mother, who said, through Wong:
"Daryl (Dominique's brother) said... Donate the money to the ST School Pocket Money Fund, so no children are deprived of an education due to a lack of finances. Dom would want to help young children to be educated to become useful citizens of the world."
In an update to the donation page on Tuesday morning, Wong said he is discussing with his collaborator, Kyle, to make arrangements to funnel the funds raised in their entirety to the School Pocket Money Fund.
He also thanked everyone who donated to support Lee's family.
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