Pedestrians still use dark path to Commonwealth MRT despite slashing

Pedestrians still use dark path to Commonwealth MRT despite slashing
The 140m-long footpath which extends from Biomedical Grove, a road in the research and development centre Biopolis, is used as a short cut to Commonwealth MRT station. It is the same area where a 27-year-old woman was assaulted. The short-cut route is dim at night and takes pedestrians past vacant blocks of flats.

She was walking home after work one evening last month when she was ambushed by a flasher.

The woman who wanted to be known as Celine, 28, said: "This happened just a month ago. I called the police because I saw a man who flashed me his genitals.

"One of my colleagues had a similar experience."

The 140m-long footpath where Celine saw the flasher extends from Biomedical Grove, a road in the research and development centre Biopolis, and is used as a short cut to Commonwealth MRT station.

It is the same area where a 27-year-old woman was assaulted last Saturday.

The New Paper understands the victim is a research officer at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

She is believed to have been alone when she was slashed by an unknown assailant. The motive for the attack is not known.

TNP learnt that the victim sustained a 2cm cut near her left jaw and went to the National University Hospital by herself after the incident.

When contacted, an A*Star spokesman said the victim was recovering from her injury.

A police spokesman said the case has been classified as voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon. The suspect is still at large and no weapon was found at the scene.

Celine, who works in the chemicals industry, said she was aware that an incident had taken place there but still took the same route last evening.

"I didn't know a weapon was involved," she said.

"I thought it was just a flashing incident and figured I could probably deal with it. The flashing incident was disturbing but it wasn't dangerous.

"This is the shortest way to Commonwealth MRT station."

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

Following last week's assault, A*Star sent a circular to its staff on Monday, encouraging them to walk to Buona Vista MRT Station instead of Commonwealth MRT Station.

But some A*Star employees have continued taking the same footpath where the assault took place.

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