Man, 30, arrested for alleged murder in Geylang Road

The police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am.
The police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A 30-year-old Malaysian man has been arrested for the alleged murder of a man in Geylang Road, after police were alerted to a fight on Friday morning (June 15).

The police said in a statement that they were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am.

"A 29-year-old man was found lying motionless at the said location and pronounced dead by paramedics at scene," police added. 

The police have classified the case as murder. 

The Straits Times understands that the suspect is Sasitharan Ramasamy.

It is believed that the victim, also a Malaysian national, was found on the walkway outside a unit on the building's third floor.

The four-storey building houses a coffee shop on the ground floor, and what appears to be residential units on the upper floors.

A woman, who said she was the landlord, had alerted the police to the fight.

ST understands the man suffered injuries to his head, though it is unclear if it had directly led to his death.

Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Friday that police officers had cordoned the area for about five hours. About four police vehicles and 10 officers were seen. 

When The Straits Times visited the coffee shop at around 4pm, only two of the four stalls were open. 

Stallholders said they worked the afternoon shift and did not know about the incident. 

Police officers were still seen inside the third-floor unit, and a patrol car was parked in Geylang Road. 

A coffee shop patron, Mr Malarvanan Subramiam, 61, said he did not witness the incident, but saw police officers taking the body away just after noon.

Mr Malarvanan, who works in a hotel, said he visits the Geylang area about two to three times a week and added that fights are a common sight.

Police investigations are ongoing.