Body of a male without legs found in suitcase

Body of a male without legs found in suitcase
Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the scene where the body of a male without legs was found stuffed inside a blood-soaked suitcase in Syed Alwi Road on 11 June 2014.

SINGAPORE - The body of a male without legs was found stuffed inside a blood-soaked suitcase in Syed Alwi Road yesterday evening.

Cleaner Woo Shin Kwong, 57, said he saw an elderly man, who he estimated to be about 70 years old, trying to lift a brown suitcase into a supermarket trolley.

He was assisted by two South Asian men who appeared to be in their 20s.

Other eyewitnesses said the old man had earlier enlisted the help of the two South Asians to lift the load.

"I saw the old man struggling to lift the luggage, so I approached to help him. I thought he had cut himself because there was blood on his hands," said Mr Woo, who was walking to Lavender MRT station on his way home after work.

"But when I touched the bag, I saw that it was dripping blood."

Shocked, he immediately moved away. There were also bloody tracks on the ground, he added.

"I asked the old man in Hokkien what was in the bag, and he said it was a body. So I asked him why he was trying to move it, but he didn't answer," Mr Woo said in Mandarin.

He then dialled 999.

Mr Woo said that the old man started to walk away calmly, but complied when he told him to stay at the scene.

Police said they had received a call requesting assistance at 6.04pm.

"I saw a woman officer bring the old man into the police car, while other officers interviewed the two younger men by the side of the road," he said.

Mr Woo, who has worked in the area for about seven months, said this was the first time he had seen the old man, who was wearing a floral short-sleeved shirt and shorts.

Officers could be seen combing the ground as late as 9.30pm, while a large crowd gathered behind police cordons.

Bystanders could be seen viewing YouTube videos, taken when police first arrived.

One such video showed two police officers wearing gloves standing by the suitcase, with an officer examining its contents, while the other urged members of the public to stay back. A supermarket trolley was lying on its side a metre or so away.

Police are investigating the case as an unnatural death.

This article was first published on June 12, 2014.
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