HDB blocks 16 and 17 in Marsiling Lane, Woodlands, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
HDB blocks 16 and 17 in Marsiling Lane, Woodlands, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

The murder of a Vietnamese woman was discovered after her 58-year-old lover committed suicide two days later, by jumping out of his HDB flat in Woodlands, Singapore.

Just before 2am on May 18 this year a minibus driver named Ang Poh Hwa was found dead – lying in a pool of his blood with wounds on both wrists – at Block 17 on Marsiling Lane, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

Police arrived at the scene and conducted follow-up inquiries. They entered Ang’s flat in Block 16 through an unlocked door and found bloodstains on the floor. The body of a naked woman was under a sheet on the bed.

The dead woman was Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, a 31-year-old Vietnamese lady who worked as a bartender in Singapore.

According to a forensic pathologist’s report, Nguyen sustained major injuries from blunt force trauma to the head – her skull had been smashed in by a dumbbell. It was estimated that she had been dead two or three days before Ang’s apparent suicide.

Further investigation showed that Ang and Nguyen may have had a romantic relationship, based on their mobile phones, which contained affectionate texts from one to the other.

However, police learnt that Nguyen got engaged to an Italian boyfriend last December and was due to leave Singapore to get married in October this year.

On May 12, six days before Ang Poh Hwa’s body was found, Nguyen sent a text, asking him not to try something silly, as sooner or later she had to leave him.

An investigator suggested that Ang was so upset by Nguyen’s message that he killed her with a dumbbell. He then used a penknife to slit his wrists – but did not die. So, he was driven to jump from his flat and take his own life after killing his lover.

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