By now, you’re probably already aware that a 59-year-old man was arrested yesterday.
He was arrested for allegedly murdering his co-tenant.
Since the spine-chilling news first came out, there have been updates.
Here’s what you need to know.
The Victim Could Have Died a Few Days Ago
The police put out a statement saying that they were alerted to the alleged murder at 10.50 am on 17 March.
They found the victim, a 61-year-old man, lying motionless with multiple wounds inside the Redhill flat.
The man was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
The deceased was a tenant of a fifth-floor flat at Block 90 Redhill Close.
His roommate, a 59-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and will be charged on Saturday with murder.
According to CNA, bloody shoe prints could be seen along the corridor, mostly outside the corner unit and stretching beyond the neighbouring flat.
Some bloody prints could also be seen near the staircase beside the corner unit.
In more shocking news, the deceased was believed to have already been dead for two or three days before police arrival.
The body also emitted a peculiar smell.
Police investigations are still ongoing.
Motivation for Murder
It is understood that there was a dispute between the two tenants shortly before the murder occurred.
However, it is not known what the dispute was about.
Furthermore, people living in the block said they heard nothing unusual in the morning, CNA reported.
Residents told TODAY that the neighbourhood was mostly trouble-free, with more residents being seniors.
Apparently, the most trouble the neighbourhood has seen was when youths gather and talk loudly at the void deck.
The flats in the block where the murder occurred and the one opposite are Housing and Development Board public rental flats.
Some residents in these flats are paired with other strangers under the Joint Singles Scheme.
However, it is unclear if the two men involved in the alleged murder case were under the scheme.
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Residents told CNA that the block was usually quiet.
The residents interviewed also mentioned that they weren’t close to the victim, though they greeted each other occasionally.
One resident, who wanted to be addressed as Mr Bachik, told CNA that the victim had lived in Redhill for around ten years.
Residing on the same floor where the incident occurred, Mr Bachik said, “I was shocked to hear about it.”
Most of the block’s residents who spoke to TODAY were unaware of the alleged murder until police officers knocked on their doors or they read the news.
Other Similar Incidents
Over the past decade, at least 12 murders have been reported in rental housing estates.
On 8 January 2023, a woman was charged with the murder of a two-month-old baby in a Sembawang flat.
She had been accused of forcefully dropping the child into a baby cot, allegedly causing a fractured skull.
She and another 31-year-old man were charged on 17 January over the alleged abuse.
However, their relationship with the infant remains unknown.
In September 2022, a man stabbed his roommate in a Bedok flat.
He left him bleeding overnight and found the victim motionless on the floor when he returned the following day.
He surrendered himself to the police and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.
59-year-old Man to be Charged with Murder
According to a statement by the Singapore Police Force, the 59-year-old man will be charged in court on 18 March 2023.
He will be charged with murder under Section 302(1) of the Penal Code 1971.
The offence of murder carries the death penalty.
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