THEY were caught in a deadly sandwich.
Wedged between two groups who wanted their blood.
Attacked by more than 10 men, they fled towards a
shopping centre for safety.
But all they ran into was another group of 10 men.
Who also attacked them.
It happened in Orchard Road at the dead of night.
On Aug 28 last year at 1.55am, seven men left Boss
Karaoke Lounge at Orchard Plaza and were walking
along Orchard Road.
Part-time security officer Ng Yeow Chong,
31,freelance hairstylist Wong Tee Chin, 41, Tan Yeow
How, 23, and Mohamed Tamrin Abdul Murad, 37, both
unemployed, technician Mulyadi Kassim, 27, production
operator Mohamed Rosni Yusuff, 24, and car dealer Lee
Boon Hong, 23, just had a night on the town.
They were walking past Orchard Point when they ran
A group of more than 10 men attacked them.
They ran towards Centrepoint for shelter - but
were horrified to find another group of about 10 men
The seven victims were caught in a deadly sandwich
as about 20 men attacked them in an orgy of violence.
Some used motorcycle helmets, knives, a dustbin
and bottles to assault their victims.
When it was all over, the attackers escaped in
The police conducted several raids and arrested
warehouse assistant Shashi Kumar Narayannan, 23,
delivery assistant Rengan Balakrishnan, 26, contract
labourer Melvin Mathenkumar Segaran, 18, delivery
driver Thavachelvam K Amirthalingam, 28, and despatch
rider Tesleem Ahmad Sayed Ahmad, 30.
They admitted kicking and punching the victims.
NO REASON GIVEN IN COURT
But why did they do it?
It was not mentioned in court.
Rengan, Melvin and Tesleem also admitted hitting
the seven men with a dustbin.
The injuries sustained by their victims included
lacerations on their necks, backs, arms, ears and
Mr Mulyadi was even stabbed in the groin.
The medical report stated it was consistent with
injuries caused by a beer bottle.
The identities of the other men are unknown.
ON March 1, Shashi Kumar Narayannan, Rengan
Balakrishnan, Melvin Mathenkumar Segaran, Tesleem
Ahmad Sayed Ahmad and Thavachelvam K Amirthalingam
pleaded guilty to rioting.
Shashi and Rengan were each jailed 20 months and
given three strokes of the cane.
Tesleem was sentenced to 18 months' jail and given
three strokes of the cane.
Melvin also pleaded guilty to another charge of
rioting and being part of an unlawful assembly with a
On April 19 last year, he was armed with a parang
and was with his group of friends who were planning
to hurt another group at Block 1, Toa Payoh Lorong 7.
On Dec 20, 1999, he and 10 others attacked another
group at the void deck of Block 309, Shunfu Road.
He was sentenced to a total of 22 months' jail and
given six strokes of the cane.
Thavachelvam was also convicted and will be
sentenced on March 20. He asked for an adjournment to
settle personal matters.
For rioting, they each could have been jailed up
to five years.
Another man, contract worker Kerishnan Rajkumar,
25, has claimed trial and his case will be heard on