SINGAPORE — A 29-year-old man accused of fatally assaulting his sister had his charge upgraded to murder on Tuesday (29 June).
Huang Bocan, a Singaporean, and his two co-accused, Chee Mei Wan and Lim Peng Tiong, will now face a charge of murder each by causing bodily injury to 19-year-old Huang Baoying in common intention with each other.
Chee, a 41-year-old Singapore permanent resident, and Lim, a 62-year-old Singaporean, also had their charges upgraded to murder in the same hearing, where all three were produced in court via videolink. The relationship between the accused persons was not revealed in court.
The prosecution said that there are unlikely to be more charges at this point. The charge faced by each of the accused is under 302(2) of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death, or life imprisonment and caning.
The act, committed allegedly at 10pm on 4 May at a unit in a block along Clementi West Street 1, is said to have caused bodily injury which resulted in Baoying's death. She was pronounced dead at the flat a day after the alleged incident.
Huang, Chee and Lim had originally been handed a charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Baoying in common intention, by hitting her with the pole on 4 May. Voluntarily causing grievous hurt carries a jail term of up to 10 years, and a fine or caning.
The prosecution later said that Huang might face more charges, including wrongful confinement and hurt.
All three will return for their next hearings on 7 September.
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