69-year-old arrested over fatal stabbing in Boon Tat Street

The stabbing victim (left, lying on the ground), who is understood to be Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani (above), was found lying in a pool of blood outside an eatery in Boon Tat Street yesterday. He is believed to be the son-in-law of the 69-year
The stabbing victim who is understood to be Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani (above), was found lying in a pool of blood outside an eatery in Boon Tat Street yesterday. He is believed to be the son-in-law of the 69-year-old suspect, who has been arrested.

A 69-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 38-year-old man, believed to be his son-in-law, in Boon Tat Street yesterday afternoon.

Police, who were alerted to the incident at about 1.20pm, have classified the case as murder.

The victim, understood to be Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani, was found lying in a pool of blood outside the eatery A Poke Theory. Mr Tuppani, the former director of shipping firm TNS Ocean Lines, died from his wounds in hospital.

The stabbing was said to have occurred at a coffee shop at the junction of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street, about 70m away from where Mr Tuppani was found.

Mr Vinnie Ang, who works at A Poke Theory, told The Straits Times he tried to help the victim, but the older man pushed him away, then said to him: "That is my son-in-law. Don't help him. Let him die."

He added that the man, who appeared calm, put down a knife he was clutching to make a phone call. According to Mr Ang, the man said: "I have already done it. I have already stabbed him. Don't cry. I am old already and I am not afraid to go to jail. What is done is done."

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The stabbing victim (left, lying on the ground), who is understood to be Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani (above), was found lying in a pool of blood outside an eatery in Boon Tat Street yesterday. He is believed to be the son-in-law of the 69-year
The stabbing victim (above, lying on the ground), who is understood to be Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani, was found lying in a pool of blood outside an eatery in Boon Tat Street yesterday. He is believed to be the son-in-law of the 69-year-old suspect (above, in white), who has been arrested. PHOTO: ALAN SERRECCHIA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2017, with the headline '69-year-old arrested over fatal stabbing in Boon Tat Street'. Print Edition | Subscribe