'He said he was always arguing with family'

A 21-year-old man (inset, right) is believed to have killed his brother (inset, left) in a condominium in Choa Chu Kang last night (April 13).

JUST hours before Mr Ng Yao Cheng was allegedly killed by his own brother, he was telling a friend about the arguments he had back home.

"He was saying that he was always arguing with his family about stuff," said Ms Er Anqi, 25. "I was telling him that he had to control his temper, and he said that he would try. I didn't know it would be so serious."

Ms Er, a motion graphics designer, is also probably one of the last few people to see Mr Ng alive.

The duo had met for dinner in the Orchard Road area on Monday night, and parted ways at about 10pm. About an hour later, paramedics pronounced Mr Ng dead in his home and police arrested his younger brother for murder.

It is believed that the siblings got into an argument that turned deadly.

Yesterday, Ms Er told The Straits Times that Mr Ng seemed calm when they met and was not troubled: "He was very happy, telling me that he enjoyed his work and wanted to go travelling."

She got to know him when they took the same course at Nanyang Polytechnic about seven years ago.

Mr Ng, 26, was a motion graphics artist with Marina Bay Sands (MBS). He started working there last July. An MBS spokesman said he got along well with colleagues and was a "very creative worker".

Other members of the design community said Mr Ng was passionate about his craft, and would volunteer for projects to give back to the community.

In January this year, he designed the opening titles for independent film festival "A Design Film Festival" for a token fee.

Festival co-curator Felix Ng said Mr Ng had volunteered out of interest and "to give back to the community". He added that Mr Ng had "burned the midnight oil" to finish the 25-second clip in two weeks, and was excited for it to be played in the cinema during the festival.

"He was very enthusiastic, very hungry and hard-working," said Mr Felix Ng, adding that he was shocked and saddened at Mr Ng's death. "In a few more years, he would've done really incredible things."


This article was first published on April 15, 2015.
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