Praise, scolding for boy who saved man

TEENAGER Edwin Yeo, who saved a man from being hacked to death by an axe-wielding assailant in April, was first praised and then ticked off by a coroner on Friday. 

State coroner Malcolm Tan scolded the Woodlands Grove Secondary Four student during the inquest into the death of Ng Sok Phua, 46, who committed suicide after the April 3 attack. 

Edwin, 16, had stopped Ng from hacking Tan Boon Pang, 35, at a coffeeshop that night.  

The teenager was in turn hacked several times on the head, before Ng fled. Soon afterwards, Ng jumped to his death from a nearby block of flats.  

Police investigations showed the three were allegedly involved in the sale of obscene and illegal VCDs. 

Calling the teenager a “brave young man,” the coroner said his intervention had saved Tan’s life. He then said Edwin should be concentrating on his studies rather than “dabbling with the sale of illegal VCDs.” 

The court heard that Ng, who had a previous conviction for drug abuse, was probably high on medical drugs at the time. Police investigations, however, were unable to reveal a motive for the attack. 

Tan is now partially paralysed after being hacked repeatedly on his head. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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