Yuan Ching Road deaths: Man sent email titled 'Final Note' to media on morning of incident

Yuan Ching Road deaths: Man sent email titled 'Final Note' to media on morning of incident
A man involved in the Yuan Ching Road incident is seen being wheeled into an ambulance. He succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital shortly after.

SINGAPORE - A man involved in the Yuan Ching Road slashing incident on Friday morning had apparently sent an email to the media about his grievances with his wife and their maid.

The lengthy email, which was sent to various newsrooms at 8.11am, had the subject header "Jurong Murder" and a headline "Final Note".

Shin Min Daily News reproduced the entire email. In it, the man identifies himself as Ken Ong and writes about how he had been suffering and silently bearing his and his wife's burdens, but in exchange, he "gets her lies, empty promises and betrayals".

He said he had been living with his wife, Madam Karen Koh, 39, for 12 years but they were in the midst of a divorce. According to records, the couple have been married since Oct, 2008.

He talked about how he had gone back to study at the Building and Construction Authority's BCA Academy and that it had been stressful.

He said he commutes four hours to and fro daily and ensures that he attends every class even if it was only for an hour or two.

"I sleep only four to six hours a day, the rest of my day is spent studying and I have no time for entertainment like watching TV," he wrote.

Ong also said that studying at 36 years old after stopping studies for about 18 years, and also having to compete with the elites from China to be top of the cohort, is not a joke.

In the second half of his email, Ong wrote about his relationship problems with his wife and the divorce that he was going through.

He said he and his wife had mutually agreed to a divorce but things changed.

He lamented about not being treated as a man, a husband, and not being allowed to be a good father to his son. He claimed that his wife was forcing him to accept her divorce terms.

Ong concluded by saying that he will "give the wife and maid what they deserve" and that "knowing and loving her was the biggest mistake of his life".

He also apologised to his son and blamed his wife for pushing him to the limit.

On Friday morning, police received a call for help at Park View Mansion at 7.56am.

When police officers arrived at 9D Yuan Ching Road, they found a 37-year-old Filipino maid injured and bleeding, with wounds to her face.

Police also found a 37-year-old Singaporean man and his 39-year-old wife, a Malaysian permanent resident, injured inside a unit in the condominium.

The maid was conveyed to National Unversity Hospital. Both the man and wife were also conveyed to NUH but were pronounced dead.

Police said they are believed to be involved in an earlier dispute. Investigations are ongoing.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the couple's six-year-old son was in kindergarten when the incident happened.

klim@sph.com.sg

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