Man arrested for Whampoa River murder: Forensic science used to identify body

Man arrested for Whampoa River murder: Forensic science used to identify body

SINGAPORE- Her head and hands are still missing, but police have managed to identify the woman whose headless body was found in the Whampoa River near McNair Road last Thursday.

They have also arrested a 25-year-old male Indian national in connection with the murder.

The body was identified as that of Madam Jasvinder Kaur, a 33-year-old Indian national who was here on a dependant's pass and worked as a beautician.

Police are now looking for her husband, Mr Harvinder Singh, also 33, to help their investigations into the murder.

Mr Singh had left Singapore through Woodlands Checkpoint on a bus about half an hour before his wife's body was found, police said in a press briefing yesterday.

The director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Deputy Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck, said: "This is a serious case which had attracted a lot of public attention. The circumstances surrounding this case had posed a unique challenge to the police at the onset of investigations."

As the body was headless and both hands were severed at the wrists, this made identification of the woman difficult.

About 30 officers from the CID's A Division searched through five tonnes of rubbish at the Tuas incineration plant for three hours that day for the head and hands. But their efforts were in vain.

The plant, which collects refuse from the Whampoa area and processes about 3,000 tonnes of material a day, is the largest of four incineration plants in Singapore.

The missing body parts have yet to be found, but that did not prevent police from using forensic evidence to identify Madam Kaur.

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