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Jan 26, 2010
Ex-gangster beaten to death
<!-- by line --> By Tessa Wong
IT WAS meant to be a supper outing, but it ended with a man gruesomely bludgeoned to death by gangsters, and his wife slashed as she tried to stop the attackers. Former gang member Lim Eng Soon, known as Black Panther in gangster circles, subsequently died of his injuries on Monday afternoon, almost 12 hours after the vicious attack. His wife, who wanted to be known only as Madam Lim, sustained cuts to her arm and chest. The 46-year-old declined to give their occupations, but it is believed Mr Lim was a cleaner.
She said that on Sunday night, her husband, who is in his late thirties, headed out to meet a 'brother' - understood to be an old gang friend - near Block 144, Teck Whye Lane near Choa Chu Kang. Madam Lim said his friend wanted to see him about an important matter. She joined her husband and his friend some time past 11pm, and the three decided to have supper at a nearby coffee shop. But while they were walking to the coffee shop, a man suddenly appeared from behind, and began hitting the friend with an umbrella.
Read the full report in Wednesday's edition of The Straits Times.