Singaporean driver accused of intentionally hitting and dragging cyclist in Perth charged with murder

SINGAPORE – A 27-year-old Singapore man has been charged with murder in Perth after being accused of intentionally hitting a cyclist with his car and dragging the victim under the vehicle for more than 30 metres.

Ng Jing Kai is said to have approached the 48-year-old cyclist over a property dispute at around 1.45pm on May 24 while driving a gray Kia Carnival car in Carlisle, a Perth suburb.

In an alleged act of vigilantism, Ng struck the cyclist with his car, “causing him to be dragged by the vehicle for a short distance, suffering critical injuries,” the Western Australian Police Force (WAPF) told The Straits Times. The 21st of June. .

The cyclist was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where he died, WAPF added.

Ng was questioned by police and charged with one count of murder on May 24.

At a press conference the following day, Detective Inspector David Gorton of WAPF’s major crimes division told Australian media that police are investigating a possible property dispute between the parties.

He said: “We are investigating what we believe was an incident from the previous day. “We believe it may have involved an item of personal property.”

He said the victim suffered serious injuries after being dragged by the car for more than 30 metres.

There were several other people in the car with Ng at the time of the incident, Detective Inspector Gorton said, adding that they are believed to be family and friends of Ng.

They have been questioned by the police.

“We just want to reiterate to the public that if you are a victim of crime, no matter how serious the incident, we urge you to contact WAPF if you think you need help,” Detective Inspector Gorton said.

Australian media reported that detectives and forensic investigators combed the scene on May 24. They cordoned off Jupiter Street, adjacent to Lion Street, and diverted motorists and pedestrians.

Ng is in custody and will appear at Stirling Gardens Magistrates’ Court on June 26.

According to Ng’s LinkedIn profile, he has been a mathematics tutor at Indigo Education Group since October 2022.

He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Nanyang Technological University and graduated from Dunman High School in 2015.

ST has contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indigo Education Group for more information.

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