Did management trainee Wong Teck Siong, whose body was found in a trolley bag in waters off Sentosa two years ago, die of a drug overdose as his lover claimed?
This question will remain unanswered after State Coroner Imran Abdul Hamid announced yesterday that the body of the 28-year-old was too decomposed for forensic experts to arrive at a conclusion.
But he also said that the stab wounds found on the body were likely to have been caused after death.
The inquiry had heard from Mr Wong's homosexual lover Teo Boon Leng how he poured bleach over the bag containing the body when it started to smell. When blood and fluid leaked out, he used a knife to puncture the plastic he had wrapped the body in to drain the liquid away.
The coroner's findings close the final chapter in a case with many twists and turns.
First Mr Teo, 46, was charged with murder.
He was then cleared last September, but later sentenced to three years in jail in April this year for possession of drug utensils, letting his apartment be used for drug consumption and for trying to cover up the death.
At the coroner's inquiry on Wednesday, it was revealed that Mr Wong was last seen alive on April 2, 2011 - two weeks before his decomposed body was discovered in the sea by construction workers on Sentosa. The last person with him was his boss and lover, Mr Teo, then the executive director of SCA Creative Group, an interior design consultancy.