Singaporean teacher in Cambodia found dead

A SINGAPOREAN teacher working in Cambodia was found dead in her home there yesterday, sparking a murder investigation.

Mrs Wendy Ng, 52, a relief principal at the Hope International School, was seen to have suffered head wounds when she was found in a room at her two-storey home in the province of Kampong Speu, west of capital Phnom Penh.

Pastor Sinai Phouek, the director of New Hope for Orphans in Cambodia, told The Straits Times that colleagues went to investigate when Mrs Ng did not turn up for work at the Christian school.

"They couldn't get through to her. They saw blood coming out from the room and tried to break open the door," he said, adding that she had a big head wound.

Five men were arrested last night. Police found that Mrs Ng's iPad, a Samsung Galaxy phone and about $400 in Cambodian and Singapore money were missing from her home, said Mr Phouek.The house did not appear to have been ransacked and the items were later found buried under a tree about 200m away.

He said she lived alone, though other teachers lived nearby. She had made regular trips there for 10 years and was working at the school for a month this time.

He said her husband Paul Ng was flying back to Cambodia from Laos, where he was thought to have been on a church mission.Mr Ng is chairman of Glad Tidings Church in Singapore and Mrs Ng was on its pastoral team.

Said a staff member: "The church is going through a difficult time. It's a shock."

Mr Phouek, who has known Mrs Ng for more than 10 years, called her a "lovely, passionate and very good person". Her body is expected to be flown to Singapore today. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said its embassy in Phnom Penh is in touch with the family and providing consular aid.