Mon, Mar 02, 2009
Stabbed NTU prof recovering well

Statement from NTU:

'A final year student, David Hartanto Widjaja, 21, from the electrical and electronic engineering school is believed to have stabbed Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk, 45, this morning, 2 March 2009, and to have subsequently fallen off the linkway between two blocks.

The ambulance and the police were called immediately. Mr Widjaja was pronounced dead. Mr Widjaja's parents and Prof Chan's family members have been notified. Prof Chan is receiving medical treatment at the National University Hospital and is recovering well.

The university board of trustees, management and the NTU community, much saddened by the tragic loss, express heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr Widjaja.

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President NTU, Dr Su Guaning, says, 'The university is deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened. The matter will be investigated thoroughly. The university community will rally together at this difficult time and do our utmost to help the student's family, the professor and his family, and those traumatised by the incident.'

The University's counselling professionals have been mobilised to help and the school is assisting the police with investigations.'

Student identified

The student involved in the stabbing of a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been identified as a David Widjaya, according to a report that appeared in the Lianhe Wanbao.

The student, who committed suicide after stabbing the professor, Prof Chan Kap Luk, was a fourth year engineering student.

Prof Chan was alleged to be his supervisor on a project.

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The stabbing occurred at about 10.35am Monday, at S1A, a nine-storey building in the engineering faculty at NTU.

Police recovered a 10-cm-long knife at the scene, believed to be the weapon with which Widjaya used to attack Prof Chan.

According to the Chinese daily, the student was alleged to have stabbed Prof Chan outside his office on the sixth floor. He then ran to the fourth floor and slit his wrists, before jumping off the building.

The motivation for the attack is still unknown, pending further investigations by the police.

Stab wound to back, multiple cuts on arms

Prof Chan suffered serious injuries as a result of the attack and was taken to the National University Hospital for treatment. Wanbao reported that he sustained a stab wound to his back, as well as multiple lacerations to his arms.

According to eye-witness interviewed at the scene, they believe the cuts on his arms were a result of his attempt to fend off subsequent blows made by Widjaya after the initial stabbing.

China student called the police

Wanbao also reported that another final-year student, a Chinese national, was the one called the police after witnessing the incident.

The eye-witness told reporters that he saw the Indonesian-Chinese student sitting at the ledge of the walkway between the two neighbouring buildings of the faculty before leaping off the ledge.

Word spread through the net

News about the incident spread quickly around campus. Wanbao reported that a student posted online that he had heard of the incident shortly after it occurred.

He and his friends spotted bloodstains along the walkway and saw the attacker lying on the ground below.

According to him, the attacker was believed to be wearing a dark coloured shirt and beige shorts. 





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