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THE MEN HE DEFENDED

AH LONG SAN

Chua Tiong Tiong, better known as Ah Long San, was once known as Singapore's No. 1 loan shark.

He was accused and convicted of bribing a policeman with free entertainment to help him in his illegal moneylending business.

In 1999, he was sentenced to 18 months' jail and was released on $550,000 bail pending his appeal. But he failed to show up in court and went on the run.

Mr Subhas Anandan, who was Chua's lawyer, had first met him when they were inmates at Queenstown Remand Prison in 1976, but refused to speak to him until he surrendered.

In response, Chua changed lawyers. He was eventually sentenced to 48 months and another 10 years' jail on his remaining charges.


TOOK LENG HOW

The Malaysian was charged with the murder of eight-year-old Huang Na at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre in 2004.

Her decomposed body was found in a box three weeks after she disappeared. Took lived in the same flat as Huang Na and her mother, and was the last person seen talking to her before she disappeared.

Mr Subhas, who represented Took pro bono, argued that he was mentally unsound. He was disappointed when Took was sentenced to death and lost the appeal.

ANTHONY LER

Ler was accused of instigating a 15-year-old boy to murder his ex-wife in 2001 by offering him $100,000.

Ler arranged to meet Madam Annie Leong, the mother of his four-year-old girl, at the void deck of her block. She was attacked and died in hospital.

Approached by Ler's mother, Mr Subhas was not keen on the case but was swayed by her pleas.

Ler was sentenced to death.


LEONG SIEW CHOR

Leong, 50, was accused of killing his lover, Miss Liu Hong Mei, 22, in 2005.

While his family was on holiday, he cut her body into seven pieces and stuffed them into five cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

Leong, who dumped the body parts in various locations including Kallang River, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, was sentenced to death.

Mr Subhas wrote in his book that he felt sorry for Leong's wife and three children, who were harassed and forced to sell their HDB flat at a loss after the case.