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Updated: 01/17/2014 11:56 | By Channel NewsAsia

Two kidnap suspects to be further remanded

Two kidnap suspects to be further remanded

Two kidnap suspects to be further remanded

SINGAPORE: The two Singaporeans charged with abducting and holding the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket's boss for ransom will be remanded another week for investigations.

They appeared in court on Friday morning.

The police prosecutor asked for both men to be further remanded at the Police Cantonment Complex with permission to be taken out for investigations.

Lee Sze Yong, 41, is accused of abducting Madam Ng Lye Poh, 79, along Hougang Avenue 2 on January 8 between 10.30am and 1pm with the intent of holding her for ransom.

His accomplice, 50-year-old Heng Chen Boon, is accused of abetting Lee by confining Madam Ng in a vehicle between 8.30pm and midnight on the same day.

They will be back in court on January 24.

The kidnap victim is the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket's chief executive, Mr Lim Hock Chee.

Madam Ng was kidnapped on January 8 while walking alone along Hougang Avenue 2.

She was approached by one of the suspects who allegedly told her that her son, Mr Lim, had suffered a bad fall; and that she was to follow him into his car, and he would bring her to Mr Lim.

She was then transferred to another car, allegedly driven by the second suspect, where she was blindfolded and had her hands tied.

Madam Ng was released unhurt after Mr Lim paid a S$2 million ransom.

The money was later recovered.

If convicted, both face the death penalty or jail for life with caning.  - CNA/nd

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