SINGAPORE – A reclusive man who usually kept to himself, that is how neighbours described 59-year-old truck driver Ang Poh Hwa, who was found dead at the foot of Block 17, Marsiling Lane in the early hours of Thursday (May 18) morning.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident at 1.40am and Ang was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
When police visited Ang’s flat nearby at Block 16 less than two hours later, they discovered the bloodied body of a 31-year-old woman in the unit.
TODAY understands that she is from Vietnam but police was unable to confirm her identity.
It is unclear how Ang and the woman were related.
Police have classified the cases as unnatural deaths and investigations are ongoing.
When TODAY visited the scene at 7pm on Thursday night, Ang’s flat was locked up and all the windows were shut.
Neighbours TODAY spoke to said Ang usually went about alone and appeared to live alone. They also did not notice him in the accompany of any woman.
Mr Teh Joo Han, 22, who stays in the unit directly below Ang’s, said: “Because of the design of these old flats, you can usually hear when people come in and out of their flats.”
When asked whether he has heard noises from Ang’s flat, Mr Teh said he usually will hear “rushed footsteps in the early hours around 6am in the morning when he (Ang) leaves home, and he (Ang) would only return at around 2am”.
The university student moved in about two years ago and said these footsteps were consistent until around two weeks ago, when he stopped hearing them completely.
He also heard someone shouting at around 10pm on Wednesday night, but Mr Teh was not sure if it was related to the incident.
Another neighbour, who only wants to be identified as Mdm Tan, lives on the same floor as Ang. She told TODAY the man had been staying there for more than 20 years.
“He was already staying here when I moved in more than 20 years ago,” she said in Mandarin. “I always see him alone and I don’t think he has any family.”
Describing Ang as a “handsome” man, Mdm Tan said he always keeps to himself. “All these years living in the same block, he never said hello or stopped to chat.”
The family who stayed next door to Ang said they were awoken in the wee hours of Thursday morning when police found the dead woman in Ang’s flat.
The resident, who did not want to be named, said they did not notice anything strange in the past few weeks. “I rarely see him, and have only seen him a few times when I came out to hang clothes or pray,” he said.
Chinese media reports on Thursday evening suggested that the woman was dead for a few days before being discovered. But neighbours said they did not notice any bad smell coming out from the flat.
“He kept his windows and door shut all the time, so it was not possible to smell anything,” said a neighbour.