Man dies days after brawl

Man dies days after brawl
Posed photo of two men fighting.

A 22-year-old man was found dead at home on Wednesday, two days after he was allegedly involved in a brawl with his colleagues.

Mr Muhammad Fazli Osni was pronounced dead at about 1.20pm by paramedics who were called to the Stirling Road flat he shared with his father and brother.

In a e-mail to The New Paper, Mr Fazil's cousin, Mr Erwan Zainal, said Mr Fazli had completed national service last year.

About two months ago, Mr Fazli started working for a construction company as a rigger on a site in Ayer Rajah Crescent.

On Monday evening, Mr Fazli was directing the unloading of a steel platform when he spotted a fellow worker below, his cousin said.

He signalled to his colleague to move away, but there was a misunderstanding and a fight broke out between Mr Fazli and three colleagues, including the man he had signalled to.

A police spokesman said they received a call for assistance over the incident at 2A, Ayer Rajah Crescent.

When officers arrived, they established that a case of voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon had taken place.

Three men were arrested in connection with the incident and police investigations are ongoing. The suspects are believed to be Chinese nationals.

Mr Fazli, who is understood to have injuries on his arms and legs, was taken conscious to the National University Hospital.

Mr Erwan said that Mr Fazli was given three days of medical leave.

But on Wednesday, when his brother, Mr Fauzi, 25 tried to wake him up, he could not be roused.

There was also blood at the side of his mouth, Mr Erwan said.


It is not known as yet whether his death was connected to the brawl. Police investigations into the unnatural death are ongoing.

According to a copy of his death certificate seen by TNP, Mr Fazli's cause of death is listed as cardio-respiratory failure, pending investigations.

A friend, who wanted to be known only as Alex, has started a crowdfunding page to raise money for Mr Fazli's family.

As of last evening, more than $6,000 had been raised. The target is $15,000.

The highest amount donated so far is $250 by an anonymous person.


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