|Known for||Orchard Towers murder (2019)|
|Criminal penalty||5 months' jail term|
Natalie Siow Yu Zhen (born 1996) was one of the attackers involved in the 2019 Orchard Towers murder. The violent group attack resulted in the death of 31-year-old Satheesh Noel Gobidass. On 9 October 2020, Natalie Siow was sentenced to five months’ jail after pleading guilty to two charges. She was the only female in the group who was charged and given a criminal sentence. According to a 2020 report by MustShare News, Siow gained over 10,000 followers on social media due to her criminal trial. As of October 2020, she has over 12,000 followers on Instagram.
State of intoxication
At around 1 am on 2 July 2019, Natalie Siow, a part-time pub waitress at the time, met her two friends, Joel Tan and Ang Da Yuan, for drinks at Club Mao in Chinatown. After a few hours of club-hopping, the group consisting of at least ten people went to the Naughty Girl Club located on the second level of Orchard Towers. In the club, Siow had reportedly agitated one of her friends, Tan Sen Yang, when she teased him for losing two rounds of a drinking game. In a fit of anger, Tan Sen Yang withdrew a kerambit knife from his pocket and slammed it on the table. This knife was later identified as the murder weapon.
Initial scuffle outside Naughty Girl Club
When the group left Naughty Girl Club at about 6.20 am, they ran into another group of about five people at the entrance of the club. According to Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ang Feng Qian:
"There was therefore some congestion at the doorway. As Joel (one of the accused) stepped out with the rest of his group, he heard an exchange of terse and vulgar words between (Tan Sen Yang) and persons from the other group."
A scuffle then broke out between both groups during which Tan Sen Yang wielded his kerambit knife, injuring a security officer and a passer-by. Natalie Siow reportedly joined the scuffle and flipped a table near the entrance of the club. Both groups dispersed after an unknown person shouted that the police were arriving.
Confrontation with Satheesh Gobidass
At the time of the initial scuffle outside Naughty Girl Club, Satheesh Noel Gobidass was allegedly a by-stander. As Natalie Siow and her friends were exiting Orchard Towers, Satheesh Gobidass descended from an escalator and confronted one of Siow’s friends, Ang Da Yuan. Gobidass and Ang then shoved each other, prompting the other members of the group to attack Gobidass. Tan Sen Yang reportedly slashed and stabbed Gobidass with his kerambit knife a few times during the fight. As Siow’s group made their way out of the mall, Gobidass was seen walking in their direction. After taking a few steps towards the entrance, he collapsed face-first onto the floor.
CCTV footage of Siow’s involvement
In a CCTV video that was released on YouTube, Natalie Siow could be seen participating in the affray; punching and kicking Gobidass along with her friends. She was seen attacking the victim twice but was held back the second time. After Satheesh Gobidass collapsed, Natalie Siow reportedly walked past the victim to retrieve her slipper which she had left behind during the confrontation.
Cause of death
Satheesh Noel Gobidass was brought to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 7.25 am on 2 July 2019. An autopsy revealed that Mr Gobidass’ cause of death was a stab wound to the neck.
Charges (July 2019 - November 2019)
On 4 July 2019, Natalie Siow was charged with murder with common intention and faced the death penalty if found guilty. Additionally, she was charged with consorting with a person in possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly behaviour in a public place. In a statement read by her lawyer, Amarick Singh Gill, Siow was quoted to have said the following about her involvement:
“When it comes to drinking I get agitated and aggressive sometimes, I know being drunk is not an excuse. At that point in time I saw my male friends having problems with people. I did not know the incident resulting in the Indian guy’s (Mr Gobidass) death, when I was at level one (of Orchard Towers) I saw (his) face (had) a lot of blood. (I am) sorry for this death and did not know he would die.”
In October 2019, it was reported that Natalie Siow’s murder charge had been reduced to voluntarily causing hurt. In November 2019, Siow disputed her charge of consorting with a person in possession of a dangerous weapon.
Sentencing (October 2020)
In October 2020, it was reported that Natalie Siow had pleaded guilty to two charges:
(i) Consorting with a person in possession of a dangerous weapon.
(ii) Voluntarily causing hurt with common intention.
For these two offences, Natalie Siow was sentenced to five months in jail. Ang Da Yuan was sentenced in March 2020 to eight months’ jail and six strokes of the cane while Tan Sen Yang, the owner of the murder weapon, is still pending a capital charge for murder as of October 2020.
Natalie Siow's involvement in the murder case was covered by both mainstream and alternative media. The following is a list of publications that have reported on her involvement in the murder of Satheesh Noel Gobidass since 2019.
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|Channel News Asia|||
|The Daily Mail|||
In 2019, The Daily Mail, a media site based in the United Kingdom, termed Natalie Siow an "influencer" due to the surge in her Instagram followers after her court case was publicised. She became an online sensation on Singaporean forums due to her pleasant appearance. There is even a community thread on Hardwarezone called the "[OFFICIAL] NATALIE SIOW YU ZHEN FAN CLUB". In October 2020, one of Natalie Siow's new followers published a Facebook post defending her innocence. An excerpt of their post reads as such:
"People make mistakes, and if you follow the news, she was not charged for murder, with her charge greatly reduced along with several others. In the end, only the siao kia (crazy person) brought out the dangerous weapon... Why should the others be denied a good future for a small mistake during a rash session?"
An article on the alternative news site, MustShare News attributed Natalie Siow’s increased popularity to a phenomenon called the Halo Effect of Attractiveness, where people are more likely to attribute positive traits to attractive individuals. As of 2019, Natalie Siow is the founder of Supnxt Beauty Market, an e-commerce site that retails health and beauty products from various brands.
- Lam, Lydia. “Woman originally charged with murder in Orchard Towers case gets 5 months' jail on downgraded offences”. Channel News Asia. October 9, 2020. Accessed on15 October 2020.
- Alkhatib, Shaffiq. "Orchard Towers killing: Sole woman in case cries after murder charge reduced to assault". The Straits Times. October 18, 2019. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Yee, Jonathan. "Orchard Towers Assailant Gained 10,700 Followers Thanks To Trial, We Ask If This Is Okay". MustShare News. October 11, 2020. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Tang, Louisa. "Orchard Towers fatal brawl: New details emerge as one man gets 8 months’ jail and caning, another jailed 4 weeks". Today. March 4, 2020. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Koh, Wan Ting. “Orchard Towers death: Natalie Siow gets 5 months' jail”. Yahoo! News. October 9, 2020. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Alkhatib, Shaffiq. "Jail for two assailants in Orchard Towers brawl which left one man dead". The Straits Times. March 4, 2020. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Blue Global. “2020 - SG - Orc Towers Cut-Throat Case - 谋杀改伤人罪：唯一女被告被判坐牢5个月 - Natalie Siow Sentenced to 5 Mths Jail”. YouTube. July 10, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Ng, Cherlynn. "Orchard Towers murder: Video shows victim collapsing after brawl". STOMP. July 12, 2020. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Low, Youjin. “Orchard Towers brawl: Sole woman involved in fatal altercation jailed 5 months”. TODAYonline. October 9, 2020. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- “8 arrested in murder case after man collapses at Orchard Towers”. Channel News Asia. July 2, 2019. Accessed on 16 October 2020.
- "SWIFT ARREST OF EIGHT FOR MURDER AT ORCHARD TOWERS". Singapore Police Force. July 2, 2019. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Ng, Cherlynn. “Orchard Towers murder: Video shows victim collapsing after brawl”. AsiaOne. July 12, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Lam, Lydia. "Orchard Towers murder: The 7 suspects and the charges they face". Channel News Asia. June 11, 2019. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Rajah, Obbana. “Orchard Towers murder: Natalie Siow disputes 1 charge and claims trial”. The Independent News Singapore. November 29, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Alkhatib, Shaffiq. “Woman's charge reduced to assault”. The Straits Times. October 19, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Wong Pei Ting. "Orchard Towers brawl: Tears as woman gets murder charge reduced". TODAY. October 18, 2019. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Amir Hussain. "Orchard Towers murder case: Natalie Siow faces reduced charge of causing hurt". Yahoo! News Singapore. October 18, 2019. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- “Orchard Towers Murder: Singapore Debates Natalie Siow's Possible Escape From Death Penalty”. Coconuts Singapore. October 21, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Ferri, Lauren. “Stunning suspect who became an internet sensation after being 'involved in fatal brawl' in Singapore's red light district escapes death penalty”. The Daily Mail. October 22, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Lay, Belmont. “Orchard Towers murder sole female accused, 22, leaves many thirsty, public interest high”. Mothership. July 5, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- Ann, Danielle. “New Natalie Siow Yu Zhen photo shows her back at the Orchard Towers murder crime scene in prison garb”. Alvinology. July 9, 2019. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- “Natalie Siow Yu Zhen”. Sam’s Alfresco Coffee. October 9, 2020. Accessed on 15 October 2020.
- "[OFFICIAL] NATALIE SIOW YU ZHEN FAN CLUB". Hardwarezone. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- Ilyas Sholihin. "'I spot a simp': Netizens roast man who defends woman linked to Orchard Towers murder". AsiaOne. October 16, 2020. Accessed on 19 October 2020.
- "ABOUT". Suprnxt Beauty Market. Accessed on 19 October 2020.