Decomposed body of jobless widow, 39, found alone in flat

Decomposed body of jobless widow, 39, found alone in flat

SINGAPORE - Hers was a tragic end to a troubled life.

She was a widow with three children, an alleged drug habit and jobless.

For days, Ms Sheila Goh's body lay rotting on the sofa in the living room of her three-room flat at Circuit Road.

And the only indication that something could be wrong was a stack of shoe racks and a rubbish bin blocking the front door from the outside.

On Tuesday, the decomposed body of the 39-year-old, who lived alone, was discovered by police when a neighbour noticed a stench coming from the seventh-storey flat.

It is not known how long she had been dead, but the last time she was seen alive is believed to be on Aug 26, when her mother visited her.

The case has been classified as unnatural death. Police are investigating.

Ms Goh's ex-boyfriend, Mr Ho Soon Nee, 41, had visited her on Aug 23 when he brought her some food.

Mr Ho told The New Paper last night: "Her mother and I visited her that Saturday and I found three cans of glue by her coffee table. I threw them away and told her not to sniff glue any more."

Both Mr Ho and Ms Goh's mother, Madam Hao Kim Choo, 65, claimed Ms Goh had often abused drugs.

Mr Ho said Ms Goh did not own a mobile phone so the only way to speak to her was to visit her at home.

He last tried to visit her home on Monday, a day before her body was discovered.

"When no one answered the door, I thought she had left to stay with her friends," he said.

"Later, when I left the block, I looked up and noticed that her kitchen window was closed. I found it strange because she never closed her kitchen window."

Mr Ho then called Ms Goh's mother and they arranged to meet the following day at her place.

They did not know then that Ms Goh was already dead and that the police had already been alerted.

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