A FIFTH person was on Wednesday charged with causing the Oct 30 death of polytechnic student Darren Ng in Downtown East - but there was drama outside the courtroom too.

Nineteen youths who turned up to support Louis Tong Qing Yao when he appeared before a district court also ended up being arrested.

The 19 males aged between 17 and 22 are believed to be gang members.
For the first time on Wednesday, the police indicated that the dead youth might have been involved in gang activity himself.

He was chased by a group of youths with choppers and hacked to death in the main foyer of the Downtown East entertainment hub between 5.30pm and 5.37pm on Oct 30.

In a statement, the police said that investigations into the incident have shown that the murder was connected to 'gang-related disputes involving the deceased, victims and assailants'.

Fifth youth charged