28 Sep '11, 6am

Man discharged for $450,000 armed robbery at Marina Bay Sands

Man discharged for $450,000 armed robbery at Marina Bay Sands

Octavius Tok Tien Howe, 37, was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Wednesday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW By Elena Chong A man accused of a $450,000 armed robbery at Marina Bay Sands was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Wednesday. Octavius Tok Tien Howe, 37, had been charged in April with robbing businessman Gay Choon Hooi, 46, of $450,000 at knifepoint with one Neo Ek Khiang at a hotel room in MBS on April 14 this year. District Judge Eddy Tham who heard submissions from prosecution and defence granted said there was no improper motive on the prosecution. He found that the defence had not rebutted the presumption in favour of a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in this case. Tok's lawyer Subhas Anandan had objected to the application. He said that his client had been remanded for a considerable period of time, and that he had not be...

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