Father helps son abduct wife's lover, both men jailed

Father helps son abduct wife's lover, both men jailed 6 months

He suspected his estranged wife of having an affair and decided to confront the man for a confession.

Muhammad Rizal Razali roped in his father, Razali Hodri, and together, they assaulted the man before tying him up in the wee hours of July 20, 2012.

They forced the victim into a lorry and drove to a flat belonging to the estranged wife's mother to extract a confession.

The two jobless men were each sentenced to six months' jail yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of abduction of Mr Muhammad Khail Khairul Anuar, 27.

Charges over their assault of Mr Khail were taken into consideration.

Rizal, now 30, married Ms Irna Sabrina Sabri, 25, in September 2011.

Less than a year later, while they were still applying for a divorce, Ms Irna Sabrina got into a relationship with Mr Khail.

On July 20, 2012, Rizal phoned Mr Khail to confront him, after suspecting him of having an affair with his wife.

Later that morning, he met Razali, now 50, and drove him in a lorry to a Ghim Moh Road carpark. They went to the void deck of Block 16 to confront Mr Khail.

But the situation escalated at around 3.15am when Razali suddenly slapped Mr Khail.

Mr Khail tried to use his mobile phone to call for help, but dropped it when Rizal hit his hand. When he tried to pick it up, Rizal restrained him in a headlock.

In the struggle that ensued, Mr Khail's T-shirt got torn off, leaving him bare-bodied. He broke free and ran away, but fell down.

Rizal caught up with him and again held him in a headlock before handing him over to Razali, who restrained him.

Rizal then punched Mr Khail's face multiple times.

He and Razali took Mr Khail to their lorry, where he bound Mr Khail's hands and neck with a rope.

The two men forced him into the cabin of the lorry and drove off.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Jason Nim said: "During the journey, Razali questioned the victim regarding the suspected extramarital affair and demanded that he be truthful by threatening to hurt him using a pair of pliers."

The men then picked up Ms Irna Sabrina and her father and made their way to her mother's home in Bukit Batok.

There, they had a discussion about the relationship. Court papers did not mention the outcome of this meeting.

However, Mr Khail was later allowed to leave with Ms Irna Sabrina and her father.

Mr Khail went to the National University Hospital that day.

His injuries included cuts on his face, right lower back and arms.

DPP Nim urged District Judge Ng Peng Hong to jail the men for at least six months each.

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Stressing that the offence was premeditated, he added: "They made arrangements to meet up with the victim (and) the incident savours of an act of revenge against the victim."

The men's lawyer, Mr Amarick Gill, asked for his clients to each be jailed for between three and four months.

He said: "All they wanted was a confession from Khail on the affair."

Before handing out the sentence, Judge Ng said that violence was used on Mr Khail, causing him "significant terror".

The New Paper understands that the couple have finalised their divorce.

For abducting Mr Khail, the two men could have each been jailed up to seven years and fined or caned.

During the journey, Razali questioned the victim regarding the suspected extramarital affair and demanded that he be truthful by threatening to hurt him using a pair of pliers.

- Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Jason Nim

Singaporeans keep watch over Heng Swee Keat's progress

Singaporeans, from Ministers to men in the street, are keeping watch over Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat's progress

GET WELL SOON: Ms Shirley Wong from Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation with a gift at TTSH's Heritage Museum yesterday. 


Tributes, get-well wishes and prayers poured in for Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as he remained at the intensive care unit (ICU) in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) yesterday.

After an outpouring of support from well-wishers, a table was set up at TTSH's Heritage Museum yesterday for cards and gifts for Mr Heng, 54, a Tampines GRC MP.

Religious leaders from 10 faiths of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) gathered at their office at Maxwell Road to offer their prayers for his speedy recovery.

Mr Heng collapsed during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday. He had suffered a sudden stroke due to an aneurysm - a localised weakening of a blood vessel.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave an update on Mr Heng's condition in a Facebook post.

"Visited Heng Swee Keat at the ICU in Tan Tock Seng Hospital this evening. He was sedated. His condition is stable, but he will remain in the ICU for some time," Mr Lee wrote.

"He is in very good hands, like all patients at the National Neuroscience Institute."

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Heng was stable and the procedures done on Thursday were successful.

Dr Balakrishnan, a former ophthalmologist, was one of the three doctors who attended to Mr Heng when he collapsed.

He added: "But these are early days, and he will need close monitoring in the ICU for quite some time more."

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng joined the religious leaders of the IRO to pray for Mr Heng yesterday evening.

Imam Habib Hassan from the Ba'alwie Mosque called for a minute of silence to pray for Mr Heng's "smooth, speedy and full recovery".

The imam said that he had met Mr Heng when he was Education Minister and called him "one of the most dedicated leaders in Singapore and one that Singapore needs".

OVERCOME ADVERSITY

DPM Tharman, who will be covering Mr Heng's duties as Finance Minister, also paid tribute to him in a short speech. He said that he had known him for two decades, when Mr Heng joined the Ministry of Education as a civil servant.

"Swee Keat represents the best in all of us. (He is) humble, someone who is able to overcome adversity. And someone who has the ability to work with everyone.

"He represents the best of Singapore, something we all aspire to be."

Tributes for Mr Heng came from all over Singapore.

Netizens sent their get-well wishes with the hashtags #prayforsweekeat and #getwellsoonhsk.

At TTSH, flowers and gifts filled the table. A couple, who declined to be named, placed flowers for Mr Heng yesterday evening.

"We just want to show our concern for him, and we certainly hope he is recovering well," the woman said.

Staff from Tampines Town Council folded paper cranes in a symbolic gesture for Mr Heng's recovery.

A post on their Facebook yesterday read: "It is believed that one will be granted eternal good luck and recovery from an illness. Fold a crane to #prayforsweekeat"

Mr Baey, who is a Tampines MP, said yesterday that the remaining four MPs of the GRC have discussed how they can ensure that residents will continue to be taken care of and will announce their plans at a community event today.

Mr Tharman said that it is times like this which show the unity of Singaporeans.

"Life has its up and downs, for all of us, when things are down, we come together to hope, pray and support. This is how we come up again.

"Swee Keat, with the love of his family, his wife and two children, and the prayers of the nation, will recover."

Visited Heng Swee Keat at the ICU in Tan Tock Seng Hospital this evening. He was sedated. His condition is stable, but he will remain in the ICU for some time- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, giving an update on Mr Heng's condition in a Facebook post

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Neighbours of Singapore's first Zika victim are worried

FIRST CASE: The Zika patient lives in Watten Estate in Bukit Timah.

For the past two months, Madam Cindy Chan has been reminding her grandchildren to check for new mosquito bites on their bodies after reading about the Zika virus.

The 62-year-old retiree told The New Paper yesterday evening: "My daughter sat the two kids down and explained what the Zika virus was, what causes it and so on.

"We told them to tell us immediately when they see a new bite on their body, but thankfully, they haven't had any."

The children are aged nine and 12.

And Madam Chan had every reason to be careful.

Yesterday, news broke that Singapore had its first Zika virus case.

In a joint press release by Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday, it was revealed that the "patient is a 48-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who had travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil from March 27 to May 7 this year."

Brazil alone had some 1.5 million infections out of an estimated global total of 2 million in more than 40 countries.

The joint statement said the patient, after his return, had "developed a fever and broke out in rashes" on Tuesday.

ISOLATED

The man, who lives in Watten Estate in Bukit Timah, was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital on Thursday and was isolated.

MOH and NEA said "he will be transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment and isolation to minimise the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and spreading the infection in the community".

The patient, who is well and recovering, will be discharged only after he tests negative for the virus.

Madam Chan, who occasionally stays with her daughter's family in Watten Estate, was shocked when she heard the news.

The Watten Estate area is not a dengue cluster, MOH and NEA said, which Madam Chan found out after reading the news online.

"I am definitely concerned. Plus, the patient is someone who lives in this area.

"I don't even dare to have plants or ponds because of this virus," she said.

"But I guess all we can do now is to continuously make sure that this area remains a dengue-free cluster."

Madam Chan added: "I constantly tell the maid to make sure the buckets are all overturned and everything is dry. I'm trying to eliminate every possible risk and I think it's important that everyone does their part."

Another resident in the area, Mr Daniel Teo, 56, said: "Generally, we don't have a mosquito problem in this area so I'm not as worried.

"But I will need to see how the government bodies deal with this first case for me to really be at ease with the situation," the banker said.

"After all, he is from this area. I hope NEA and MOH step up their precautionary measures to make sure that the one patient has not transmitted the virus to anybody else."

The Straits Times had previously reported that Dr Lim Poh Lian, head of the infectious diseases department at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: "When Zika arrives here, it is likely to have a similar effect as chikungunya."

The first transmission of chikungunya - another virus transmitted to people by mosquitoes - in Singapore was in 2008, but numbers remained low, peaking in 2013 with 1,059 cases.

Last year, 42 people were infected.

Dr Lim had said: "To prevent Zika's spread, anyone with a confirmed infection will be hospitalised until tests show he no longer harbours the virus in his blood."

In the meantime, given the present situation, MOH and NEA advised residents of Watten Estate, Hillcrest Arcadia, The Arcadia and Watten Hill Condominium to monitor their health.

It is a precautionary measure because symptoms do not always appear instantly.

Zika infections can appear similar to dengue infections as they share similar symptoms such as rash, headache and muscle pain.

EYES AFFECTED

But those infected by the Zika virus also tend to have conjunctivitis, more commonly known as red eyes. (See infographics on right.)

Those exhibiting symptoms should see a doctor immediately.

MOH and NEA are advising residents to practice the five-step Mozzie Wipeout, which includes turning over all water storage containers and changing water in vases and bowls on alternate days.

Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said at a seminar organised by the People's Association last month that it is "almost inevitable" that the Zika virus will find its way here.

Dr Khor, who is also Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, attributed the likelihood of imported Zika cases to the vast number of foreign visitors that Singapore plays host to.

The MOH and NEA had put preventative measures in place long before the first case was announced yesterday.

These measures included admitting confirmed cases to a public hospital, issuing circulars to doctors to teach them how to test for and deal with suspected cases, and issuing health advisories to travellers on how to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Last month, the World Health Organisation warned of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months and its spread to new parts of the world even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

Largely contained to Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika's range is likely to expand as summer arrives in the northern hemisphere - and with it the virus-transmitting mosquitoes.

Cases have been reported in the region including neighbouring countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Early last month, Vietnam reported its first two cases of the virus.

Generally, we don't have a mosquito problem in this area so I'm not as worried. But I will need to see how the government bodies deal with this first case for me to really be at ease with the situation.

- Mr Daniel Teo, a Watten Estate resident

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