THREE young men were charged in a district court on Wednesday with the Downtown East murder of a second-year Republic Polytechnic student last Saturday.

Ho Wui Ming, 20, Tang Jia Min, 21, and Chen Wei Zhen, 19, are accused of murdering Darren Ng Wei Jie, 19, at the main foyer of Downtown East at Pasir Ris Close between 5.30pm and 5.57pm.

They allegedly committed the offence with Edward Tay Wei Loong, 18, and several others while being part of an unlawful assembly.

Tay, who will be charged in hospital, had put up a struggle while trying to get away from the police and injured his head.

The prosecution asked for the trio to be remanded for further investigation. Ho, Tang and Chen will be back in court next Wednesday.

If convicted of murder, each of them faces the mandatory death penalty. Darren will be cremated on Wednesday afternoon.

3 charged with murder