5 killings in 2 weeks: Police say offenders will 'face the full brunt of the law'

Members of the Singapore Police Force, including those from the CID at the scene of a crime.
Members of the Singapore Police Force, including those from the CID at the scene of a crime. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - In the wake of the recent spate of killings, Deputy Commissioner of Police for investigations and intelligence Tan Chye Hee has said the police will spare no effort to trace the offenders. He added that the police are committed to keeping Singapore safe and offenders will "face the full brunt of the law".

On Wednesday night, the remains of Ms Cui Yajie were found at a densely forested area in Lim Chu Kang Lane 8. The police had been led to the grisly scene by 48-year-old Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock, who was charged with her murder on Thursday (July 21).

Over the last two weeks, there have been four other alleged killings.

Thennarasu is accused of murdering Mr Arokiasamy early last Wednesday morning at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge at Boat Quay.
Thennarasu is accused of murdering Mr Arokiasamy at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge at Boat Quay on July 19.  ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

On Tuesday (July 19), 47-year-old Thennarasu Karupiah was charged with the murder of a 55-year-old Arokiasamy Paul Rajoo in a Boat Quay pub on July 13. Thennarasu allegedly committed the crime at about 5am at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge.

Mr Arokiasamy was taken unconscious to hospital, where he died three days later. Thennarasu was arrested on Monday (July 18).


Policemen at the crime scene outside a Jalan Besar pub on July 11.  PHOTO: SHIN MIN

On July 11, 42-year-old Chua Meng Guan died after being stabbed outside a Jalan Besar pub. Mr Chua had challenged his assailant to a fight before a scuffle broke out outside the pub and the hostel next to it, according to witnesses.

He was later found on the floor, bleeding profusely from wounds in his chest, where he had been stabbed with a knife.


Members of the Singapore Police Force and CID (Criminal Investigation Department) accessing the crime scene at Geylang Lorong 23 on July 9.  PHOTO: STOMP

On July 9, a 52-year-old man was found motionless on the road at Geylang Lorong 23. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 8.11am.

The helper at a zi char stall had a deep cut from the left side of his ear to the top of his head. A wooden stick and a bloodied knife were found at the scene. A 64-year-old man was charged with murder on Friday (July 22) in relation to the case.


Members of the Singapore Police Force at Block 279 in Yishun on July 9.  ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Also on July 9, Mr Shawn Ignatius Rodrigues, 26, a former Republic Polytechnic student was found dead outside a flat at Block 279 in Yishun.

The 20-year-old suspect allegedly tied Mr Rodrigues' wrists and ankles before hitting him outside a stairwell on the sixth floor. Mr Rodrigues was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. The suspect was arrested. The victim had known his assailant, who attended the same church as him.