Woman killed in Loyang condo; man arrested

Police officers carrying the victim's body down the stairs (above) and out of (below) Loyang Gardens. One neighbour said he frequently heard shouting coming from the block where the couple's unit is and that it started about two years ago.
Police officers carrying the victim's body down the stairs (above) and out of Loyang Gardens. One neighbour said he frequently heard shouting coming from the block where the couple's unit is and that it started about two years ago.PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO
Police officers carrying the victim's body down the stairs (above) and out of (below) Loyang Gardens. One neighbour said he frequently heard shouting coming from the block where the couple's unit is and that it started about two years ago.
Police officers carrying the victim's body down the stairs and out of (above) Loyang Gardens. One neighbour said he frequently heard shouting coming from the block where the couple's unit is and that it started about two years ago.PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO

Suspect, believed to be her husband, arrested 10 hours later in Woodlands, will be charged with murder today

A 50-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of a 44-year-old woman at a condominium in Jalan Loyang Besar, next to Downtown East, past midnight yesterday.

The suspect, believed to be the victim's husband, was nabbed at Woodlands Checkpoint some 10 hours after the incident.

The Straits Times understands that he had entered Malaysia via the Causeway before returning to Singapore, where he surrendered himself.

He will be charged in court today.

The victim is said to have been found in the bedroom of the unit with a knife beside her. She suffered multiple stab wounds, including one in the chest.

Thewoman has been identified as Madam Raithena Vaithena Samy. She was married to a Krishnan Raju and the couple have a son and a daughter. According to Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority records, Mr Krishnan owned a transport company.

A police spokesman told The Straits Times that they received a call for assistance at Loyang Gardens at 12.12am.

The victim was found lying motionless and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Police have classified the case as murder and investigations are ongoing.

QUARRELS EVERY MORNING AND NIGHT

I can tell that it's a couple quarrelling in English, but I don't know what they fight about. It happens every morning and night.

MR HENG, 31, a real estate manager who has been living at the condo for 11 years. He saw police cars outside the condominium around 4am when he returned home yesterday.

A neighbour who lives two blocks away and wanted to be known only as Mr Heng, 31, said he saw police cars outside the condominium about 4am when he returned home yesterday.

He said he frequently heard shouting coming from the block where the couple's unit is and said it started about two years ago.

"I can tell that it's a couple quarrelling in English but I don't know what they fight about. It happens every morning and night."

The real estate manager, who has been living at the condominium for 11 years, said: "We all knew something bad had happened (when we saw the police), but we never expected a murder."

Other neighbours said they did not know the couple well, but had seen them with their teenage children. They said the family had moved in two to three years ago and kept to themselves.

A neighbour, who declined to be named, said: "We usually just say hello and that's the most we've interacted."

She noticed a commotion when she returned home around midnight yesterday. "There were policemen and some people crying by the side of the road, but I'm not sure if they were family members."

She added: "They seemed like a normal happy family. It's shocking that this has happened."

• Additional reporting by Lee Min Kok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Woman killed in Loyang condo; man arrested'. Print Edition | Subscribe