Student, 16, found dead in flat; maid held

Student, 16, found dead in flat; maid held

SINGAPORE - An Indonesian maid was arrested yesterday after a 16-year-old girl was found dead with stab wounds in her home in Tampines.

Police said the teenager was lying motionless when they arrived at the flat in Block 856B, Tampines Street 82. She was in the bedroom of the 10th floor unit and had two stab wounds on her body, sources said.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene and a 28-year-old woman has been arrested, police said, adding that the case is classified as murder.

Neighbours interviewed said the girl was a student of Tanjong Katong Secondary School and has a younger brother. Her mother is believed to be a school teacher.

A 10th-floor neighbour, who declined to give her name, said she had heard screams coming from the victim's home around noon. "I was hanging my clothes to dry and heard a woman screaming, but I didn't know what had happened till the police arrived at about 1pm."

Police said they got a call for help at 12.57pm.

Another neighbour, student Aniq Roslan, 14, said: "I usually see the maid taking the brother who is in Primary 3 to and from school. She was a quiet and small-sized woman."

The neighbours said the family of four had been living in the flat for three years and they kept to themselves. They said several police officers were seen entering and leaving a ninth-floor flat. Its occupants are said to be close to the victim's family. They declined to be interviewed.

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