DEATH SENTENCE FOR FOREIGN TISSUE SELLERS WHO SAWED VICTIM INTO BITS

Rasheed Muhammad, 45, and Ramzan Rizwan, 27, came to Singapore from Pakistan. They made a living selling tissue-papers, a job that requires a permit in Singapore, although enforcement is badly supervised by the authorities.

Their stay in Singapore came to an end when they killed a compatriot who owed them money over a game of cards. They were sentenced to hang by the courts today.

On 11 June 2014, Rasheed and Ramzan smothered Mr Mohammad Noor in his room at their lodging house in Rowell Road. They stole $6,000 from the victim, sawed off his legs and packed his body into 2 suitcases.

One of the suitcases was left at the Jalan Kubor Muslim Cemetery near Victoria Street. When they tried to bring the second suitcase to the same location, one of the wheels broke and blood began dripping out of it. Both men ran away and abandoned the case.

Hours later, an 81-year-old man found the bag and tried to push it to a police station.

Several passers-by went to help him, but when they learnt there was a body inside, one of them called the police.

The duo were arrested the next day and Rasheed led police to the bag containing the victim’s legs in the cemetery.

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