Teen murdered in Ang Mo Kio
During girl's last night alive, mum said to boyfriend:
MARRY MY DAUGHTER?
Why don't you work for some time first
Why not let my girl finish her studies first? Teen murdered in Ang Mo Kio During girl's last night alive, mum said to boyfriend:
THE young man wanted to marry her 18-year-old daughter.
A police officer looking on as her colleagues search for clues at the body of the dead teen. -- TNP Pictures: KUA CHEE SIONG
But her mother felt she was too young.
She suggested that he let her finish her studies while he continued working.
He seemed amenable to that and the mum left after asking him to take her home later.
Hours later, her daughter, Jeevitha, was dead.
Her body was found yesterday morning beside a PUB substation at Block 154, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, a short distance from her home.
Police spokesman Ng Siew Hua said yesterday that they responded to a call at 7.10am. A young woman, who wore a black sleeveless top and a pair of red shorts, was lying in a pool of blood.
Ms Ng said she had neck and upper body injuries and was pronounced dead at 7.25am.
Jeevitha's aunt, Madam Meena, 43, said she last spoke to the girl a few days ago.
'Her parents are shocked at what has happened and are in no mood to talk now,' she told The New Paper.
She said she was close to Jeevitha's mother, Madam Alice, who's her sister-in-law.
'Madam Alice is divorced from Jeevitha's father. The girl lived with her father, who did not remarry, at his second-storey unit at Block 157.'
She said Madam Alice remarried and lives with her husband at a rented unit nearby.
'DATED FOR A YEAR'
Madam Alice called her at about 9am yesterday and asked if she had seen her daughter, she said.
'When I said I had not, she wanted to meet me.'
When they met at the hawker centre below Madam Meena's unit at Block 641, Madam Alice told her Jeevitha's boyfriend had asked for her hand in marriage the night before.
'She said Jeevitha had called her and said he wanted to talk to her. She met them at the void deck of Block 155 at about 8pm.'
When he asked to marry Jeevitha, Madam Alice told him to work for a while longer and let Jeevitha finish her studies.
Madam Meena said: 'He accepted Alice's suggestion. Before she left, Alice told him to take Jeevitha home after they had finished chatting.'
Madam Meena said Jeevitha, a private school student, had met her 22-year-old boyfriend while clubbing and they had dated for about a year.
She did not know his real name, but said he was nicknamed 'Marsiling Baby' as he worked in the Marsiling area.
Madam Meena said: 'Jeevitha often spent the night chatting with her boyfriend or other friends at the void deck of Block 641 or the blocks near her home.'
Her husband, who wanted to be known only as Mr Sagar, said: 'I often saw her with her friends at the hawker centre below my block as late as 11pm.
'I would ask her why she was there so late and tell her to go home.
Madam Meena with a weeping woman believed to be Madam Alice.
'We were close, and she would say 'Yes, Appa (Tamil for father)' before returning home.'
Madam Meena said: 'Alice knew about her daughter's boyfriend, whom she called Baby. But she told me she did not like his attitude of not liking to see her with other men.'
Madam Meena said Jeevitha told her that Baby was often jealous if he saw her with other male friends.
While they were chatting, Madam Alice received an SMS from her ex-husband at about 11am.
She showed Madam Meena the SMS, which said that her daughter had died and she should go to Block 154 immediately.
Madam Meena and a neighbour accompanied Madam Alice, who's in her 40s, to the scene.
She said: 'On the way there, Alice nearly fainted from the shock and my neighbour and I had to hold her up while we walked to the block.'
Around noon yesterday, a weeping woman wearing a black top and blue jeans, believed to be Madam Alice, arrived at Block 154, accompanied by two women, one of whom was Madam Meena.
A man in a blue polo shirt and dark pants, believed to be the victim's father, was also at the block.
Madam Alice started sobbing and asked to see her daughter's body but police officers told her they were investigating the crime scene.
The police have classified Jeevitha's case as murder. No weapon has yet been found.
They said they arrested a 22-year-old suspect at 6.15pm yesterday.
According to a statement, the man had left Singapore before the case was reported and all checkpoints were alerted.
He was arrested when he returned to Singapore via Woodlands Checkpoint yesterday.
Technician G Manivannan, 24, said he was returning home at about 8pm on Monday when he saw a woman, believed to be Madam Alice, talking to a man and a young woman at the void deck of Block 155.
He said the young woman, who looked to be in her late teens, was wearing a black sleeveless top and red shorts while the man seemed to be in his 20s.
He said: 'I had seen them holding hands several times previously. They often spent the night chatting at the void deck, but gave no trouble.'
Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Inderjit Singh went to see Jeevitha's family last night but no one was home.
He said he would work closely with the town council to cut the trees surrounding the substation, which make the area secluded.
He said: 'The trees that surround the power station are very tall and if the trees had been shorter, someone might have seen what happened as the blocks are right beside the power station.
'While it is nice to have the trees, but safety comes before anything else.'