Man arrested for alleged murder of woman in Sengkang condo; residents heard commotion before death

The body being carried out of Esparina Residences in Compassvale Bow, on Jan 3, 2020.
The body being carried out of Esparina Residences in Compassvale Bow, on Jan 3, 2020.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Police spotted at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences, on Jan 3, 2020.
Police spotted at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences, on Jan 3, 2020.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Police spotted at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences, on Jan 3, 2020.
Police spotted at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences, on Jan 3, 2020.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Police said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at 12.07pm on Jan 3 at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences.
Police said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at 12.07pm on Jan 3 at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address for condominium Esparina Residences.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE - A 48-year-old man will be charged on Saturday (Jan 4) for the alleged murder of a 43-year-old woman in a Sengkang condominium on Friday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that they were known to each other, said the police.

Several residents said they witnessed what happened and added that the man also threw a dog from the balcony of the couple's third-floor unit.

Police received a call for help at 12.07pm at 125 Compassvale Bow, the address of the Esparina Residences condominium.

When they arrived, the woman was found unresponsive in the unit and was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Residents told The Straits Times that the couple lived in a third-floor unit and were often seen walking around holding hands.

The man is Caucasian while the woman is believed to be from the Philippines, said residents.

The couple were seen sitting and talking at their balcony on Friday morning.

At about 11am, an argument broke out, said a maid who lives in an opposite block, adding that the commotion lasted more than 15 minutes.

 
 
 

Alarmed by what she saw, the maid told her employer, who contacted the condo's security officers. They were later seen approaching the couple's unit.

Other residents also saw what happened, including one who lives in a 15th-floor unit facing the couple's block.

The commotion appeared to die down after a while, then a dog was heard barking.

The man appeared again on the balcony, this time carrying a dog.

A female resident said she saw the man throw the dog over the balcony on to the pavement on the ground floor.

Another resident showed ST a photo of the small, white dog lying in a pool of blood. Several residents said the dog had died.

They added that the couple had been living in the condominium for several years and that a child would occasionally stay with them.

Police investigations are underway.