Woman found dead in Beach Road: Firm director who fled to JB charged with murder of business partner

Ms Ang Qi Ying was reportedly missing for days before being found in a Beach Road shop. Caleb Joshua Chai Shanmugam is accused of killing her. PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - A man who left Singapore after he allegedly killed a woman was charged with murder on Friday.

Caleb Joshua Chai Shanmugam, 50, is accused of killing Ms Ang Qi Ying, 27, in a ground-floor unit at Block 2 Beach Road around 7pm on Nov 9.

She was reportedly missing for days before being found in the shop on Sunday. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

A check with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority revealed the two were co-directors of renovation company Smart Click Services.

It is registered to an address at Peninsula Plaza and the two Singaporeans were listed as its directors from Oct 1, 2021.

The police said earlier they were alerted on Sunday to a case of unnatural death at the shop.

“(The woman) was linked to a missing person report made on the evening of Nov 10 and the police had identified a 50-year-old man in connection to the case,” the police added.

The man left for Malaysia on Nov 10, so officers immediately sought the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Police to locate him, the police added.

Chai was caught in Johor Bahru on Wednesday, and he was handed over to the Singapore police.

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The Straits Times reported on Wednesday that a man had been caught and brought back to Singapore from Malaysia over the alleged murder of a woman in a shop in Beach Road.

Ms Ang had gone missing on Nov 9, prompting pleas from friends and family for information on her whereabouts.

Her last message was to her mother that day, stating that she would not be returning home.

The body of Ms Ang Qi Ying was found in a ground floor unit at Block 2 Beach Road. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Ms Ang’s loved ones later received news that she was found dead.

She was cremated at Mandai Crematorium on Tuesday, and a memorial service was held in Woodlands.

Suspect Caleb Joshua Chai Shanmugam and victim Ang Qi Ying were both directors of a renovation company. PHOTO: SHIN MIN READER

Chai is represented by lawyers Suang Wijaya and Sophia Ng from Eugene Thuraisingam law firm.

On Friday, Ms Ng told ST that their client was charged at Changi General Hospital with the murder, but she did not have information on why he was at the hospital.

The case has been adjourned to Nov 25.

Offenders convicted of murder face the death penalty.

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