On July 17, 2019, 47-year-old Vincent Hui Kim Seng pleaded guilty to hiring a hitman to kill the new boyfriend of his former mistress.
Had an affair with a colleague
The case makes for compelling reading, with details reported by Yahoo.
Hui, who is married, began his affair with his colleague, a 30-year-old Malaysian woman, in 2016.
The woman was aware that Hui is married.
However, when she realised that he did not intend to leave his wife, she decided to end the relationship in 2017.
Hui reportedly continued to woo the woman, and even "stalked her".
That was when he found out that she had moved on to another man, known as Tan.
Plotted to get back at her new lover
Hui then downloaded a Tor Browser to access the dark web, and began researching on how to purchase and trade in Bitcoin.
He then hired a hitman through a website called Camorra Hitmen, which is based overseas, to "incapacitate" Tan's hand.
Later, he changed his mind and requested that acid be poured on Tan's face, but was advised against it by Camorra Hitmen because using acid would be "more easily detectable".
Instead, the suggestion was to kill Tan via a staged car accident or robbery.
Hui agreed, and the murder was supposed to take place on May 22, 2018.
The court heard Hui paid a total of over S$6,000 worth in Bitcoin to Camorra Hitmen.
Tipped off by a journalist
Hui's plans were thwarted 10 days before the day of the planned murder when a CBS journalist informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Washington Mission that a hit was ordered against a Singaporean.
It is unclear how the journalist came to know of this.
However, the Singapore Police Force were notified and Hui was promptly arrested within three days.
According to CNA, Hui was ordered to cancel the hit and withdraw all the Bitcoin he had uploaded for payment.
Hui was charged in court on May 25, 2018, for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill another person.
If Hui is convicted of criminal intimidation to cause grievous hurt or death, he could face up to seven years in jail.
He will return to court for his sentencing on Sept. 4, 2019.
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