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His 'project' was to break girl's legs

The New Paper | Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

It could been a scene straight out of a Mafia movie.

Two men met in July last year at a pub in Orchard Towers to talk about a "project".

The "project" or contract was to "break the legs of a girl" if she refused to return a loan. It was offered to Elvin Khoo Boo Boon.

BREAK TWO LEGS FOR $6,000

If he broke one of her legs, Khoo, then 35, would be paid $3,000.

He would receive $6,000 if he broke both legs, court papers revealed.

For Khoo to be paid, his "employer" needed to witness the deed or be shown photos as proof.

Fortunately for the woman, the plan fell through two days later as Khoo failed to spot the intended target, Ms Sally Tan, living in Punggol.

About two weeks later, on Aug 17 last year, when Ms Tan did not answer the knock on her door, Khoo lit newspapers and burned her door.

On the same night, he had also stolen a Volkswagen Scirocco belonging to her husband.

Yesterday, Khoo was sentenced to six years' jail, given six strokes of the cane, fined $1,000 and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for three years for a string of offences described as a one-year crime spree. Of the 45 charges, the prosecution proceeded with 14.

These included motor vehicle theft, mischief, voluntary causing hurt, possession of a scheduled weapon, immigration offences, drug possession and consumption.

The court heard that some of the offences were committed while Khoo was on bail.

Khoo, who has been remanded since August last year, kept his head down as district judge Tan Boon Heng read out the 10-minute-long sentencing.

Before this, the judge had asked Khoo's lawyer what made his client commit the string of offences.

Defence counsel S S Dhillon said: "He (Khoo) was having financial difficulties. One thing led to another. He was going through a bad period in life."

When The New Paper visited Ms Tan's flat last night, nobody was home.

A neighbour, who gave his name as Mr See, said he remembered that morning about a year ago when there were Singapore Civil Defence Force officers outside his door.

"There were bits of burnt newspaper on the floor outside (our flat). I was surprised that somebody had tried to burn her (Ms Tan's) door."

The damage to the door was about $2,000 and the stolen car was later recovered.

ROADSIDE STABBING

But Khoo's actions that night paled in comparison to what he did on Sept 6, 2012.

Court documents revealed that Khoo and an accomplice were involved in a roadside dispute with a couple who, at that time, were in a car queue at the Malaysian Checkpoint in Johor Baru.

Khoo had intimidated the couple by revving up his car's engine a few times.

Both parties agreed to settle their dispute after clearing the Woodlands Checkpoint.

On the Bukit Timah Expressway road shoulder, Khoo and his passenger approached the couple's parked car.

The latter was carrying a steering wheel lock while Khoo was described as "holding a sharp object resembling a Swiss Army knife".

The male driver was assaulted by the duo when he got out of his car.

He suffered stab wounds to his ribs and a 7cm cut on his left lower chest.

At a roadblock later at about 3am, a police officer saw that Khoo had sent a text message to somebody saying: "I just stabbed someone in custom."

In his mitigation, Khoo's lawyer said his client had promised his wife he would change and was determined to do so.

There were bits of burnt newspaper on the floor outside (our flat). I was surprised that somebody had tried to burn her (Ms Tan's) door.

- A neighbour, who gave his name as Mr See


This article was first published on August 8, 2014.
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