Woman arrested, Clementi body identified

A 36-year-old Chinese Singaporean woman who has been arrested in connection with a decomposed body found in Clementi Woods Park six days ago was charged in court today.

Ang Soo Hoon was charged in court on Wednesday for the murder of her housemate. There was no plea from the derivatives trader, who was unrepresented.

The prosecution requested for a week's remand for further investigation. She faces the mandatory death penalty if convicted.

According to a Straits Times report, she allegedly killed her housemate at West Bay Condominium, West Coast Crescent, between 3am and 9.50am on May 26.

Police have confirmed that the decomposed body belongs to property agent Celine Ng Swee Peng who has been missing since May, according to a Straits Times report.

The arrest of the woman, which happened at East Coast Park at 11.05pm Monday, is in connection with the suspected murder of Celine.

Yesterday afternoon, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers took the slim, boyish and bespectacled woman to Car Park 3 of West Coast Park to search for evidence – more than 1km from where Ms Ng’s body was found.

Dressed in a blue polo shirt and grey bermudas, she was quiet and subdued as the police conducted a search among the bushes after she pointed to a spot.

Police reported that the identification of the body was hampered due to the highly decomposed state of the body.

Ms Ng's fully clothed body was found last Tuesday at about 6.15pm. It is not known if the victim had been sexually assaulted.

Officers from the Forensic Management Branch and Special Investigation Section were deployed to gather forensic evidence from the crime scene. The State Coroner and a pathologist from the Health Sciences Authority were also activated.

Using forensic science, they confirmed that the body belonged to Ms Ng.

Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck commended the officers who pursued the investigation of this case tirelessly.

He said, "The case posed challenges due to the advanced state of decomposition. I am glad that the officers were able to solve the case successfully."

The police said that Ms Ng’s family were informed yesterday of her death. She had been missing since late May and her friends and family have since been waiting for news of her.

Woman arrested, Clementi body identified
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