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Death of man stung by bees ruled accidental

Published on Apr 29, 2014 10:18 AM
Pest control officer Mohammad Sallehen Mohd Ali was stung over 100 times all over his face and body.

A pest control officer died after he was attacked by a swarm of furious giant honey bees, which stung him mercilessly over 100 times all over his face and body.

The attack was likely a protective response triggered by the death of a single bee, an insect expert said.

At a coroner's inquiry yesterday, the court heard that Mr Mohammad Sallehen Mohd Ali, 30, and two other pest busters had driven to Sherwood Road on Nov 6 last year to get rid of a hive in the Tanglin area discovered by Singapore Land Authority (SLA) officers. Residents had complained that some people were stung by bees near a fallen tree.

Before the exterminators arrived, one of the SLA officers killed a bee hovering around his colleague's head. A cloud of bees gathered over them, and the officers sought refuge in their car, driving farther into Sherwood Road. The bees followed.

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