SINGAPORE - He had a long criminal record and had been in and out of prison for 30 years.
Mr Pheh Yong Cheng, 66, began running afoul of the law as early as 1969, when he was in his early 20s.
Among his first crimes were rape and kidnapping.
Over the years, he did it all - from housebreaking to theft, embezzlement to manslaughter.
When not in prison, Mr Pheh worked as a deliveryman, lorry attendant, labourer and odd jobber.
But after he was released in the early 2000s, he apparently turned over a new leaf.
He found work in a coffee shop as a cashier.
He also found love with one of his co-workers, and moved into her flat over a year ago.
His girlfriend, who wanted to be known only as Madam Lian, said: "I don't know about his past. But I know he turned over a new leaf."