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Attempted theft led to death

May 18, 2012 - 1:44am

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He led a double life – working as a property agent during the day and committing crimes as a serial thief when night fell.

Jack Ang Hoe Meng, 42, drove around entertainment districts at places like Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar Road in his wife’s car, looking for drunks to steal from.

But one of his attempts at committing the crime ended in a tragedy when Mr Inada Takanori (above), 31, a Japanese graduate student who was then pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the National University of Singapore, died.

He got into a fight with the drunk Japanese man after he picked him up from a roadside. Mr Takanori was pronounced dead at 12.50pm that day. He had a ruptured liver that led to acute haemorrhage.

Ang pleaded guilty on April 10 to voluntarily causing grievous hurt, three counts of theft, one count of being in possession of stolen items and one count of driving a car while under disqualification.

He will be back in court on June 15.

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