SINGAPORE: A man implicated in the death of his sex partner, whose body was found in a trolley bag, has been sentenced to two weeks' jail for not alerting the police of the death.
Pee Weai Hong, 33, had admitted that he was aware of the death of 28-year-old Wong Teck Siong on 3 April 2011.
Instead of reporting the death to the police, Pee accompanied his partner, Teo Boon Leong, in the disposal of Mr Wong's body at Labrador Park on that night.
The three men were involved in a love triangle, which started two months before Mr Wong's death. In the morning of 3 April, Teo had found Mr Wong lying face down in the apartment the three men shared. Teo told Pee he did not want to report the matter as he had taken drugs and had also ejaculated into Mr Wong's body. Teo added that the police might also detect drugs in Pee's body. So, he instructed the accused not to probe further.
Mr Wong's body was found in a black trolley bag along the shoreline of the Resorts World Sentosa construction site on 16 April 2011. In her judgement, District Judge Jasvender Kaur noted that there was deliberate omission, which is "undoubtedly more culpable than a failure through inadvertence or pure panic". She said that while Teo, aged 44, was older and made the decisions in the relationship, Pee had known that the deceased's family members were enquiring about him. Pee was present when they went to the apartment to find out where the deceased was.
The judge said the aggravating factor was that Pee participated in concealing the death by showing Mr Wong's brother a false text message. She added that the pathologist could not determine the cause of death as Pee and Teo had impeded the course of proper investigation. These warranted a custodial term. Pee also admitted to one count of cheating a Mr Wong Teck Seng into believing that the deceased was still alive, by showing contents of a group chat to Mr Wong.
This was taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing.
Teo, a businessman, was granted a discharge that has the effect of an acquittal in January 2013.