Man stabs himself, makes bizarre claim

Man stabs himself, makes bizarre claim

SINGAPORE - Police are investigating a man for making a false report after stabbing himself.

Property sales officer Ding G.J., 24, called the police last Friday at about 12.25am, claiming he was the victim of an armed robbery.

Officers who arrived at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park found Mr Ding bleeding from the right leg.

He told them a man in goggles and a wetsuit had robbed him of more than $500 at the park.

Mr Ding alleged that the man stabbed his leg during the struggle before fleeing with the loot. The attacker escaped by jumping into the reservoir, he told the police.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division said preliminary investigations found Mr Ding to be suffering from home-and work-related stress, which led to the self-inflicted stab wounds, a police statement on Saturday said.

To get himself treated for his injuries, he had staged the bizarre robbery. Police have recovered the knife and Mr Ding is receiving treatment for his injuries in hospital.

When The New Paper visited him in hospital last evening, the lanky Mr Ding said he could not recall how much cash the robber took or what the attacker looked like.

NOT OKAY

When asked about making a false report, Mr Ding kept quiet. After a long pause, he said he "was not okay".

Two days after the incident, Mr Ding's right leg remained heavily bandaged. He has not told his father, a retired car repairman living in Guangzhou in China, about his predicament.

"I don't want him to worry. He'll definitely fly over if he knows what happened to me," Mr Ding said.

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