Man found dead in rubbish chute had not been home

Updated on Feb 11, 2012

The body of a man was found upside down in a rubbish chute on Friday morning at Bukit Merah.

The body was identified as Mr Lim Fook Sin, 47, an electrician who was reported to have not been at home for days.

Mr Lim lived with his 46-year-old wife in a flat on the 13th floor of Block 55, Lengkok Bahru.

Friends of Mr Lim described the man as a devout Christian who regularly attended a Pasir Panjang church, The Straits Times reported on Saturday.

They told the paper that he did not return home after he quarrelled with his wife two or three days ago.

A cleaner had opened up a rubbhis chute to remove garbage at about 9.40am when he noticed a man's leg dangling from the side of the bin.

According to evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the body had tattoos all over.

The communal garbage chute is shared by 32 units of which two were singled out for police investigation. They are located on the 13th and 14th floors.

Neighbours told Shin Min Daily that the couple had been married for two years and just had a child in 2011.

The woman, who is a Chinese national, also has two teenage children from her two previous marriages. Neighbours also said that the family has a good relationship.

A close friend of the dead man's wife told Lianhe Wanbao that the woman had been asleep until the police officers arrived to inform her of the incident after which she reportedly broke down in tears.

After speaking to residents, the police found out that the unit on the 14th floor has been vacant for some time.

However, as the main door of the flat has remained unlocked, unlawful activities are believed to be carried out there, reported both the Chinese papers.

The unit used to be occupied by an Indian woman and her three children.

Criminal investigation and forensic officers obtained items like a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, and some keys from the vacant unit.

The police has classified the case as unnatural death. No foul play is suspected.

Investigations are ongoing.