2 SAF Servicemen Charged For Causing Death By Rash & Negligent Acts
The untimely passing of CFC Aloysius Pang will now be examined in military court on Wednesday (31 Jul).Source
- Ivan Teo, 35, Military Expert 2 (ME2)
- Hubert Wah, 31, Third Sergeant (National Service)
Charges involve causing death by negligence
Mr Teo faces 3 charges in total:
- Disobedience of general orders (Section 21 of SAF Act)
- 2 counts of causing death by negligent act (Section 304A(b))
For both charges, he faces a possible penalty of up to 2 years’ jail per count, a fine or both.
As for Mr Wah, he faces 2 charges:
- Causing death by a rash act (Section 304(a))
- Causing death by negligent act (Section 304(b))
If found guilty of these charges, 3SG Wah faces up to 5 years’ jail, a fine or both.
The court martial will be “presided over” by a judge from the States Courts.
COI findings determined 2 servicemen would be chargedSource
The incident occurred during a New Zealand exercise, within a Howitzer Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) armoured vehicle.
It was found that these 2 officers had proceeded with “irrational acts” which caused “safety lapses”, leading to the death of CFC Pang due to severe injuries.
We hope justice will be served
Thankfully, no foul play or “deliberate acts” were uncovered during the investigation which involved a 5-member committee who spoke with 20 people involved.Source
As Aloysius Pang’s next-of-kin continue to remember him in touching ways, like donating his movie proceeds to the Pangolin exhibit at the Night Safari, we hope that they will be able to find peace with the upcoming verdict.
For what is worth, we will always remember him as a true Singaporean son.