Separate funerals for two in death fall

Separate funerals for two in death fall

Separate funeral arrangements were made for a couple who were found dead at the foot of a block of flats in Chin Swee Road on Thursday.

Yesterday evening, the 27-year-old Singaporean woman was cremated in Mandai, even as a wake in Marsiling began for the dead 24-year-old man she was found with.

It is not known if the man is Singaporean.

At the crematorium yesterday, a relative of the dead woman told reporters to stay away.

According to Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News, the couple had checked into a hotel in Chinatown earlier on Thursday at 11am.

They had been drinking in a room on the third floor of the hotel, before leaving at 8.10pm.

The report said the pair, who wore black, walked to the block of flats, where they fell from the 26th storey, the highest floor.

Police said they received a call on Thursday at about 8.30pm, requesting assistance at Block 53, Chin Swee Road.

A spokesman said the bodies of a man and woman were found lying motionless at the foot of the block when police arrived.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said it received a call at 8.29pm and an ambulance was sent.

He said that a male and female were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

"The man suffered fractures to the skull, both hands, chest and hip.

The woman also suffered fractures to her skull, right hand, chest and both of her lower legs."

The incident has been classified as "unnatural deaths" and police are investigating.

In 2004, the bodies of a 34-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged two and one, were found at the foot of the same block after falling from the 25th floor.

ateng@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Feb 1, 2015.
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