Mr Caleb Joshua Chai Shanmugam, 50, was arrested on 16 November 2022 in Malaysia after he allegedly murdered a woman and was brought back to Singapore.
He was charged with murder today (18 November).
The woman, Ms Rachael Ang Qi Ying, 27, was found dead inside a coffee shop at Beach road on 13 November 2022.
More details have been revealed about this case, including the arrest of Mr Chai’s wife and the relationship between him and the victim.
Woman Reported Missing, Found Dead In Beach Road Shop
Ms Ang is a director of Smart Click Services, a renovation contractor company. The company is registered to an address at Peninsula Plaza and was started in October 2021.
She disappeared on 9 November 2022, which resulted in her family finding out her whereabouts.
Her last text was at around 7.20 pm that day, informing her mother that she would not be returning home. Shortly before that at 7 pm, she informed her mother that she is on the way home.
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Five days later, her loved ones received news from the police that she was found dead at the Beach Road coffee shop.
A memorial service was held for her at Block 154 Woodlands Street 13, and she was subsequently cremated at Mandai Crematorium on 15 November 2022.
Suspect Arrested After Fleeing to Malaysia, Turned Out To Be Business Partners
On 16 November 2022, the police identified a 50-year-old man who fled to Johor on 10 November 2022. Working together with the Royal Malaysia Police, Mr Chai was detained in Malaysia on 15 November before being handed over to Singapore’s authorities.
It turns out that Mr Chai was a co-director of Ms Ang’s company, which is a hardware store that provides repair services. Their social media and website label themselves as a professional home makeover service, offering renovation, air-conditioning services, painting, and even graphic design.
They even have a bunch of products listed on their website, including air-fryers, microwaves, rice cookers, kettles, air conditioners, fans, washing machines and fridges. All of the products are listed under a brand named Midea, which is based in China.
Although the company is registered at Peninsula Plaza, they appear to have a DIY shop at Beach Road, which was established on 23 October.
Ms Ang’s body was found at a coffee shop at Beach Road as well.
Friends of Ms Ang told Channel 8 News that their storefront had a notice stating that it was under renovation till 13 November, which was also the day her body was found.
Suspect’s Wife Allegedly Arrested By Police
Mr Chai’s neighbours told Channel 8 News that they haven’t seen Mr Chai since 10 November.
“[Mr Chai and his wife] would water their flowers outside their flat daily, but I haven’t seen them watering the flowers for a week now.”
His neighbours also saw police officers entering and exiting the suspect’s flat on 12 and 13 November. The suspect’s wife, a Chinese woman, was allegedly arrested by the police on 14 November.
Two police officers also knocked on the neighbours’ doors on 12 November, asking if they’ve seen Mr Chai around.
“They said they hadn’t been able to contact him, and said someone was missing.”
Family & Neighbours Still In Shock
Ms Ang’s older brother told reporters that everything happened so quickly, it was hard for the family to truly make sense of her death.
“The police are still investigating, and we still don’t know how it happened… We won’t speculate.”
Ms Ang’s mother similarly refused to be interviewed, saying, “My daughter has already left this earth, talking about it won’t change anything [about this situation].”
On the other hand, Mr Chai’s neighbours are also in shock at how they were living next to an alleged murderer.
A neighbour who did not want to be named said that she saw the photos of Mr Chai published in the news recently, and realised that that person looked exactly like their neighbour.
“The business partner that [the deceased’s family and friends] mentioned also had the same name as my neighbour, which made me realise the suspect is really [Mr Chai].”
Police Responds to Fleeing Attempt
Responding to the way Mr Chai fled to Malaysia after the crime, the police stated, “The Singapore authorities will do whatever is necessary and permissible under our laws to pursue and bring to justice those who commit crimes in Singapore, regardless of where they might have fled to.
“We will also not hesitate to take firm action against them.”
Charged with Murder at SGH
Mr Chai is represented by lawyers Suang Wijaya and Sophia Ng from Eugene Thuraisingam law firm.
Ms Ng told the media that Mr Chai has been charged with murder on 18 November at Singapore General Hospital.
Wait, why was he at SGH? Shouldn’t he be charged in court?
Yeah, we have no idea either, since Ms Ng also didn’t have information on why he was at the hospital.
The case is adjourned to 25 November. If found guilty, he would face the death penalty.
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