Woman and 4-year-old daughter found dead in Woodlands flat; man arrested

Police officers outside the flat at 12.32am on Jan 29, 2017. Police received a call at 6.35pm requesting for assistance at a sixth floor unit at Woodlands Drive 52, Block 619, and found the bodies in a bedroom.
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SINGAPORE - A 39-year-old woman and her daughter, aged four, were found dead in the bedroom of their flat on the first day of Chinese New Year (Jan 28).

Police received a call at 6.35pm requesting for assistance at a sixth floor unit at Woodlands Drive 52, Block 619, and found the bodies.

The mother, believed to be Madam Choong Pei Shan, and child were pronounced dead around 7pm by paramedics on the scene.

A 41-year-old man, believed to be the woman's husband, Mr Teo Ghim Heng, was detained and arrested at the flat in connection with the case.

When The Straits Times arrived at the scene, there was an acrid burning smell in the air and police were looking in the rubbish collection point for evidence.

While the cause of the pair's death is not known, it is believed to be related to the burning smell.

A neighbour who lives a few units down said the couple, who moved into the unit about five years ago, mostly kept to themselves.

A transport supervisor, 47, who wanted to be known only as Mr Mie, said that he had noticed the smell of burning plastic when he left the house at about 7am that morning (Jan 28).

"At first, I thought people were burning things for Chinese New Year, but when I returned in the evening around 5pm the smell was still there."

Mr Mie said the man worked in the property industry and was reserved.

The woman, who was a housewife, was friendlier and would often smile whenever he greeted the family.

Mr Mie last saw her on Monday or Tuesday morning hanging clothes outside their home.

He said he only realised that something was wrong on Saturday (Jan 28) evening when he heard noises in the corridor and saw Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers outside the unit.

"It was very quiet before that, no shouting, no screaming," he added.

The SCDF sent one fire engine, one red rhino, one ambulance and a support vehicle to the scene when they received a call for assistance at 6.30pm.

The Straits Times understands that there was no fire when the authorities arrived at the scene.

The man will be charged in court on Sunday (Jan 29) or Monday (Jan 30).

Police are investigating the unnatural deaths.

Man arrested after woman and child found dead in Woodlands flat

  • Police officers on Friday (Feb 10) afternoon escorted the suspect in the Woodlands double murder case back to the crime scene
  • Teo Ghim Heng, also known as Zhang Jinxing, 41, was led by officers to his home at the sixth floor at Block 619, Woodlands Drive 52
  • Teo was charged on Jan 30 with murdering his wife, Madam Choong Pei Shan, 39
  • Teo was escorted to the crime scene at 4.18pm, entering the unit with five officers
  • eo and the officers left the scene about 50min later at 5.09pm
  • The victim's father, Mr Zhong, sang a nursery rhyme at the cremation.
  • Mourners lined up as the hearse made its way to the Mandai crematorium.
  • The accused parents were spotted near the wake, but did not dare pay their respects, reported Wanbao.
  • The wake for the victims was held on Jan 31.
  • MP for Sembawang GRC Mr Vikram Nair with the victim's brother at the wake.
  • The parents of the accused speaking to the victim's elder brother.
  • A 39-year-old woman and her daughter, aged four, were found dead in the bedroom of their flat on the first day of Chinese New Year (Jan 28).
  • Police received a call at 6.35pm requesting for assistance at a sixth floor unit at Woodlands Drive 52, Block 619, and found the bodies.
  • The mother is believed to be Madam Choong Pei Shan.
  • The mother and child were pronounced dead around 7pm by paramedics on the scene.
  • A 41-year-old man, believed to be the woman's husband, Mr Teo Ghim Heng, was detained and arrested at the flat in connection with the case.
  • There was an acrid burning smell in the air.
  • And police were looking in the rubbish collection point for evidence.
  • The cause of the pair's death is not known.
  • But it is believed to be related to the burning smell.
  • A neighbour who lives a few units down said the couple, who moved into the unit about five years ago, mostly kept to themselves.
  • A transport supervisor, 47, who wanted to be known only as Mr Mie, said that he had noticed the smell of burning plastic.
  • There was no fire when the authorities arrived at the scene.
  • Police are investigating the unnatural deaths.


This article was first published on January 29, 2017.
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