26-year-old man arrested for murder at Boon Lay Drive; victim said to be his girlfriend

Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing.
Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing.
Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
 Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing at Boon Lay Drive.
Investigators inspecting the scene of the stabbing at Boon Lay Drive.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
A 23-year-old woman was found lying motionless at the scene, police said in a statement released on Friday (Nov 27).
A 23-year-old woman was found lying motionless at the scene, police said in a statement released on Friday (Nov 27). ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
The incident allegedly took place next to a rubbish chute beside the unit.
The incident allegedly took place next to a rubbish chute beside the unit.ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN

SINGAPORE - A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a murder at Boon Lay Drive on Thursday (Nov 26) night.

The police said it received a call for assistance from a unit at Blk 268B Boon Lay Drive at about 8.16pm.

Upon police’s arrival, a 23-year-old woman was found lying motionless at the scene, police said in a statement released on Friday morning.

She was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital where she was subsequently pronounced dead at about 11.14pm.

The Straits Times understands that the suspect lives with his parents and older brother in a 4-room HDB unit on the 11th floor. The victim, who had been stabbed with a jackknife measuring about 10cm, is believed to be his girlfriend. 

Traces of blood could still be seen on the walls near the common rubbish chute, where the stabbing had occurred. It is about a metre away from the suspect’s unit.

On Thursday evening at about 8pm, neighbours heard loud quarelling lasting about 10 minutes between a man and a woman along the corridor outside the flat.

A neighbour, who only wanted to be known as Mr Su, told The Straits Times that the suspect’s mother was also present at that time. She could be heard frantically urging the couple to stop their argument.

“I thought it was just an ordinary quarrel between a couple at first. But when the mother shouted at me to call the police, I realised it was serious. I walked out from my unit and when I was about five metres away, I saw a woman lying in a pool of blood,” added the 50-year-old repairman, who lives in a unit on the same floor.

Shocked, Mr Su returned to his unit immediately to alert the police.

He described the suspect as a gentle and courteous man, who is about 1.7m tall, while the victim was slightly shorter at about 1.6m. He added that the couple appeared to be loving and this was the first heated argument he had heard between them.

Another neighbour, Madam Yang, was in her bedroom when she heard a short high-pitched scream, after a period of loud quarelling.
“The mother was crying loudly and screaming at her son to stop,” the housewife said.

She added that the older woman had asked her son repeatedly: “Why are you carrying a knife? You will go to jail.”
Madam Yang said she does not know the couple well, but the family of four would greet her whenever they meet along the corridor.

Mr Nicholas Teo, a 24-year-old who described himself as a friend of the victim, said Miss Soh and Neo had dated for a while before breaking up. When she started seeing other men, he began to harass her, added Mr Teo, who is studying in Melbourne.