3 of Orchard Towers 7 have murder charges against them reduced, face 3-year jail term instead

Four others, including 22-year-old Natalie Siow, continue to face the death penalty.

Jeanette Tan| Nyi Nyi Thet| July 11, 10:56 AM

Three of the seven individuals charged with murder in the Orchard Towers case are no longer facing the death penalty.

Tan Hong Sheng, 22, Chan Jia Xing, 26 and Loo Boon Chong, 25, have been charged instead with consorting with a person with an offensive weapon, which carries a three-year jail term with six strokes of caning.

In a court appearance on Thursday, July 11, Tan and Chan were offered bail of S$25,000, with the court room packed with relatives and friends of the seven accused.

Loo was later that day offered S$15,000 bail, according to The Straits Times.

Three of the other four — Natalie Siow, 22, Joel Tan Yun Zheng, 26, Ang Da Yuan, 26, will be remanded for psychiatric evaluation.

Siow, who is represented by lawyers Amarick Gill and Cheryl Ng, will be remanded at Changi Women's Prison, while Joel Tan and Ang Da Yuan will be held at Changi Prison Complex's medical centre.

The seventh accused person, Tan Sen Yang, 27, is still assisting investigations and will be back in court on July 18.

He is also believed to have been in possession of a foldable Kerambit knife on the morning of the murder.

Joel Tan, Tan Hong Sheng and Chan are represented by lawyers Josephus Tan, Cory Wong, and Shane Yeo, who introduced themselves in court on Thursday morning.

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