Naked woman hurls killer litter from 12th floor

By Chin Xiu Yi

An electric rice cooker, a kettle, a saucepan and a toaster.

One by one, they came flying out from the kitchen window of a 12th-storey HDB flat, clattering loudly as they landed on the concrete pavement.

Two bamboo poles with clothes hung out to dry were also broken by the falling appliances.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

The police received a call alerting them of the incident, which occurred at Block 63, Toa Payoh Lorong 5, around 4pm on Thursday.

The suspect, a 55-year-old unemployed woman, was arrested soon afterwards.

According to Shin Min Daily News, she was naked when the police arrived. She is expected to be charged this morning with committing a rash act.

A neighbour, who was at home at the time of the incident, told The New Paper that he was watching TV when he heard things being thrown violently down the rubbish chute.

"Soon after, there were loud clanging noises as (other) things hit the ground," said the man in his 50s, who declined to be named.

Some neighbours, however, said the woman may not have realised what she was doing.

Said one 57-year-old neighbour: "You can see from the way she walks and acts that she's not normal.

"When she takes her medication, she greets me, calling me 'elder sister', chats and jokes.

"But when she doesn't, she's glum and quiet. Sometimes, she even wets her pants."

The neighbour, who helps out at her son's hawker stall selling duck rice, added: "But she's all right. She doesn't disturb anyone."

She said she would sometimes give the woman $5 or $10 to buy food.

When The New Paper mentioned that the woman had been arrested, the neighbour shook her head sadly.

She said: "Perhaps it's better this way."

"Looking at her walking around like that every day, she's a pitiful sight. Old men even take advantage of her." "At least she will now get three meals a day and her required medication."

Mentally ill

According to Shin Min Daily News, the woman, who has been living in the block for more than 20 years, had been released from the Institute of Mental Health just weeks ago.

She is a divorcee with two adult sons, and her elder brother lives in a block nearby, the Chinese daily reported.

She also had a younger brother who died suddenly in July 2008.

She had been living with a man, who looked to be in his 70s, in a rented one-room flat since last year, neighbours said.

According to them, he was not at home when the incident occurred.

This article was first published in The New Paper.