Singapore

7-year sentence for second man in Shangri-La shooting

The move ended up getting his friend killed after police shot at the car outside the hotel, which was hosting an international security conference.

Drugs were later found in the car.

Syahid was sentenced to seven years' jail and three strokes of the cane yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of drug possession and one count each of drug consumption and abetment to perform a rash act.

Two counts of failing to report for urine tests, one count of being in possession of drug-taking utensils and a third drug possession charge were taken into consideration.

Syahid admitted yesterday that he consumed methamphetamine, or Ice, in his Tampines flat at around 9pm on May 30.

He was in the car with his two friends, logistics mover Mohamad Taufik Zahar, 34, and cleaner Mohamed Ismail, 32, about seven hours later on May 31 when they reached the road block at Ardmore Park near Shangri-La Hotel.

The hotel was hosting the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual meeting of defense ministers and military chiefs.

SHOUT

Syahid shouted at the driver Mr Mohamad Taufik: "Jalan! Jalan!" ("Go! Go!" in Malay).

The latter accelerated towards Senior Staff Sergeant See Toa Chew Yin and Sergeant Mohamad Zahid Suhaimi, endangering their safety.

Shots were later fired, killing the driver. Officers arrested Syahid and Mohamed Ismail.

When the police searched the car, they found 17 Nimetazepam (or Erimin-5) tablets and two packets containing about 8.4g of Ice.

Syahid could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined up to $20,000 for each count of drug possession.

Mohamed Ismail, who was dealt with on June 15, was sentenced to eight years' jail and three strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to two counts of drug possession and one of drug consumption.

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