Friday April 6, 2012
Ex-hardware seller charged with robbery linked to Datuk’s death
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
KUALA LUMPUR: A former hardware seller was charged in a Sessions Court here with committing gang robbery in 2009, leading to the death of Master Builder Association of Malaysia’s former president Datuk Patrick Wong.
Chin Wee Siong, 50, who is now a detainee at the Simpang Renggam detention centre in Johor, claimed trial to the charge after it was read to him in Chinese.
Chin was accused of using a parang to rob programme analyst Nicholas Wong Fye, 30, with two others still at large, of a HTC handphone, identity card, driving licence and RM300 cash.
The offence under Section 395 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 397 of the same Act, was allegedly committed at Wong’s house in Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, at about 7pm on Nov 17, 2009.
Nicholas is Wong’s son.
DPP Amira Sariaty Zainal said Chin would be released from Simpang Renggam in four months.
“I urge the court to impose bail of RM50,000 in two sureties as it had caused a death and also to ensure Chin attends the hearing,” she said.
Chin was unrepresented.
Sessions Court Judge Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh set bail at RM40,000 with one surety pending trial on May 3.
On Nov 29, 2009, it was reported that Wong died on Nov 28 after he fell from the first floor of his house while fleeing armed robbers.
It is learnt that three armed men entered his house in Bangsar through the back entrance.