Man arrested for murder after fight in Geylang

Police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road (above) at about 7.50am and the officers cordoned off the area for about five hours. The suspect and the victim are both Malaysians.
Police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road (above) at about 7.50am and the officers cordoned off the area for about five hours. The suspect and the victim are both Malaysians.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am and the officers cordoned off the area for about five hours. The suspect and the victim are both Malaysians.
Police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am and the officers cordoned off the area for about five hours. The suspect and the victim are both Malaysians.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Police alerted to brawl in morning and victim was found outside third-floor unit of building

A 30-year-old Malaysian has been arrested for allegedly murdering a compatriot in Geylang Road, after police were alerted to a fight yesterday morning.

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 para-medics at the scene," the statement added.

The case has been classified as murder.

The dead man is said to have been found outside a unit on the third floor of a building in Geylang Road. 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 called the police about the brawl.

The Straits Times understands that the younger man suffered head injuries, though it is unclear if these were a direct cause of his death.

Police officers cordoned off the area for about five hours, Shin Min Daily News reported. There were four police vehicles and about 10 officers at the scene.

When The Straits Times visited the coffee shop yesterday afternoon, 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 and police van were 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. Fights are common, he added.

Police investigations are continuing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Man arrested for murder after fight in Geylang'. Print Edition | Subscribe