Police arrest suspect in temple murder

A 47-year-old Singaporean man has been arrested for allegedly killing a man at a Teck Whye Lane temple.

Mr Tan Poh Huat, 53, was struck on the back of his head with a hammer in the early hours of Feb 14.

A pest control worker found him lying motionless in Chua Chu Kang Lian Sing Keng temple. The worker had also seen a 2m trail of blood outside the prayer hall.

Mr Tan's sister, Madam Tan Sui Kee, said closed-circuit television footage showed a masked, tattooed man climbing into the temple in the middle of the night.

Mr Tan was reportedly a runner for a bookie and was carrying $10,000 at the time of his death. But there was no money on him when he was found.

A police spokesman said the arrest was made following protracted investigations.

Danson Cheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Police arrest suspect in temple murder'. Print Edition | Subscribe