A Singaporean risk management executive has pleaded guilty to one charge of intentionally abetting murder, after he confessed to going on the Dark Web to hire a hitman to kill his former mistress’s new boyfriend.
According to the Singapore Straits Times, a court in Singapore was told that Allen Vincent Hui Kim Seng, 47, paid approximately Sg$7,560 (RM22,867) in Bitcoin to a group on a website identified as Camorra Hitmen that purportedly offers killers for hire.
(Wired had earlier reported on Dec 4, 2018 that Camorra Hitmen was in fact a scam website.)
According to multiple news reports, Hui started an affair with a 30-year-old Malaysian woman that he met in his workplace in 2016. Hui is married with one daughter. When the mistress found out that Hui did not plan to leave his wife as promised, she ended their affair in 2018.
Later in the same year, Hui’s ex-mistress started dating another man. Hui then reportedly began stalking the man online and saved his Instagram profile photo onto a laptop. Hui also began following his ex-mistress and the man on their dates to confirm that they were indeed in a relationship.
In May 2018, Hui searched the term "hitmen for hire" online. He then accessed Camorra Hitmen’s website on the Dark Web and provided the group with details about his ex-mistress’ new boyfriend.
He had initially requested that group cut off the new boyfriend’s right hand, then changed his mind and asked Camorra Hitmen to splash acid on to his target’s face instead.
Eventually, he finally decided for a hit to be carried out on May 22, 2018 where his target would be killed in a staged car accident. Hui has also requested that Camorra Hitmen remove all traces of online communication between them to avoid detection.
In a strange twist of fate, 10 days before his hit was scheduled to take place, a journalist working for US television network CBS informed Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Washington Mission about the "hit", which subsequently led to Hui’s arrest by the Singapore Police Force. Court documents did not make clear how the journalist knew about Hui’s plan.
Hui was also ordered to cancel the hit and withdraw all bitcoins uploaded from his account on the Camorra Hitmen website. Hui will be sentenced in September, where he could be jailed for up to seven years and fined. He is also facing another possible charge for criminal intimidation.