GEORGE TOWN: A 35-year-old bouncer has been charged with the murder of snatch theft victim Tan Kim Chuan, who was left unconscious at the Rifle Range Flats here for six minutes before people went to her aid.
Ooi Kean Leong is alleged to have caused the death of Tan at 6.02am on July 10 at a motorcycle parking lot in Jalan Padang Tembak.
Ooi, who was not represented, appeared calm when the charge was read out to him.
Magistrate B. Sripracha Nanthini fixed Oct 2 for mention.
The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence.
Tan, 60, was walking alone near Block J of the flats when her handbag was snatched by a motorcyclist, causing her to fall.
A CCTV recording showed seven people walking past her without offering help as she laid unconscious with a cracked skull.
Six minutes passed before three people lifted her to the side of the road and called an ambulance.
She died of head injuries on the same day.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said they would be recommending that Ooi be charged with three more offences.
He said Ooi would be charged under Section 8 (a) of the Firearms Act for possession of dangerous weapons, Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Act for possession of stolen goods and Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drug Act for taking drugs.
“Ooi has three criminal convictions for theft between 2004 and 2009,” he said.
ACP Gan added that Ooi was nabbed with two other men aged between 33 and 38 at a house in Pulau Tikus on Aug 8.
“The two men were arrested when their urine tested positive for drugs,” he said.