Wife slashes husband then falls to her death

A loud argument between a couple ended tragically when the wife slashed her husband with a chopper, then fell to her death from their flat.

The man, Mr Ng Tiong Lam, 59, was told that his wife had been drinking and flirting with men at a foodcourt near their block of flats at Woodlands Avenue 6.

Mr Ng confronted Madam Boon Soon Leng, 48, when she returned home.

A quarrel erupted, and Madam Boon threatened to slash her husband with a chopper.

She charged at Mr Ng and slashed his arms and his ear before slashing herself. She then ran out of the flat.

Madam Boon went to their neighbour Mr Soo to look for help, and begged him to follow her back to her flat.

When the neighbour saw Mr Ng also covered in blood, he told them to call an ambulance. He added that a commotion broke out again, with the couple and their son shouting at each other.

When paramedics arrived, Madam Boon was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Soo told The New Paper that he went to the kitchen in Mr Ng's flat to look for Madam Boon and heard a loud thud.

He then saw Madam Boon lying at the foot of the block.

Mr Ng told the media that he and his wife quarrelled frequently - she did not like his gambling habit, and he did not like her drinking sessions with other men.

His wife had also been diagnosed with depression a few months ago but stopped taking her medication.

Mr Ng, who runs a waste oil disposal business, said he was still in shock over her sudden death, and insisted on being discharged from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital yesterday so that he could be at his wife's funeral.

Police have classified the death as unnatural and are investigating.

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