Boon Tat St murder: Victim's wife issues statement expressing 'immense grief' over 'double tragedy'

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The wife of Spencer Tuppani has issued a statement expressing grief after her husband was stabbed by her father and subsequently died.

It was earlier reported that 38-year-old Tupanni was allegedly stabbed by his father-in-law, 69-year-old Tan Nam Seng, along Boon Tat Street at around 1.20pm on July 10.

The stabbing is believed to have occurred at a coffee shop at the junction of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street. Police later found Tupanni outside eatery A Poke Theory located at 27 Boon Tat Street.

He was conveyed unconscious to Singapore General Hospital, and was subsequently pronounced dead at about 2.13pm.

According to The New Paper, Eldad Tan, manager of A Poke Theory, rushed out with a colleague and saw Tupanni lying face down in a pool of blood.

He told reporters: "I was so focused on the man on the floor I didn't notice an older man holding a knife, standing over him. He said, 'Don't help him, he's my son-in-law. Let him die. I'm old already, I'm not afraid of going to jail."

Tan Nam Seng was arrested by police later in the afternoon, and was charged in court for murder yesterday (July 12). He will be remanded at Central Police Division for investigation until July 19.

If convicted of murder, he will face the death penalty.

According to Lianhe Zaobao, Ms Tan Cheng Cheng, wife of Tupanni, has issued a statement with regard to the events that have unfolded.

The 43-year-old said: "This is a double tragedy for the family. Our family has lost a loved one and my beloved father is facing a serious charge.

"You cannot imagine our immense grief, but please try to understand and let us have some peace."

Tan has also requested that the privacy of the family be respected.

Boon Tat St stabbing victim was a businessman who 'sold everything he owned' to save dying firm

  • With her three children in tow, the wife of the man allegedly killed by her father was among 100 people at his wake.
  • It was held at the Teochew Funeral Parlour.
  • The victim, Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani, was the chief executive officer of TNS Ocean Lines. He managed to bring the company back from the brink of bankruptcy.
  • He told August Man magazine in 2014 that he sold "practically everything he owned" to keep the company afloat.
  • The offence of murder carries the death penalty.
  • His hard work made Mr Tuppani a finalist of the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the SICCI-DBS Singapore Indian Entrepreneur Awards 2014.
  • Mr Spencer Tuppani's home in the Upper East Coast.
  • Mr Tuppani was a shareholder of TNS Group Holdings, with his father-in-law as director.
  • Mr Tuppani's wife, Madam Tan Cheng Cheng, 43, is also a shareholder. Their 13th wedding anniversary would have been next Monday.
  • Andy Chiok, Lawyer for Tan Nam Seng, and the victim's wife Tan Cheng Cheng, leaving the State Courts.
  • Mr Spencer Tuppani Shamlal Tuppani (left) was fatally stabbed on July 10. He is believed to be the son-in-law of the 69-year-old suspect (right), who was seen standing near the victim's body.
  • More details have emerged about the murder that occurred along Boon Tat Street yesterday afternoon (July 10), in which a 69-year-old allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old man.
  • Police were alerted to the incident at around 1.22pm and upon arrival at the scene, found a man lying motionless outside eatery A Poke Theory.
  • He was conveyed unconscious to Singapore General Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead at about 2.13pm after succumbing to his injuries.
  • Mr Tuppani's father-in-law, Tan Nam Seng, 69, was arrested and will be charged in court on July 12 for murder.
  • The stabbing is believed to have occurred at a coffee shop at the junction of Boon Tat and Telok Ayer Streets.
  • Mr Vinnie Ang, an employee at A Poke Theory, told The Straits Times that he tried to help the victim, but the older man pushed him away and said: "That is my son-in-law. Don't help him. Let him die."
  • He added that the man, who appeared calm, put down a knife he was clutching to make a phone call.
  • According to Mr Ang, the suspect told someone on the phone: "I couldn't sleep at night. I have already done it. I have already stabbed him. Don't cry. I'm old already and I'm not afraid to go to jail. What's done is done."
  • Ms Eevon Loo, 29-year-old assistant manager at A Poke Theory, recounted the scene: "The attacker was just standing there, with the knife still in his hands, just looking at the man on the ground. He was very calm, it was so scary."
  • She also described the knife as about 10cm long and "very sharp", reported ST.
  • "He then placed the knife on one of our food trays and just stood there till the police came," said Ms Loo, adding that all the customers in the shop were shaken.
  • "We locked the front door quickly, as the man was holding the knife. And we got customers to exit from the back."
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