Punggol Field death: 20-year-old man arrested, to be charged with murder

Punggol Field death: 20-year-old man arrested, to be charged with murder

Police van at Punggol
The police have launched a murder investigation after a 38-year-old man who was found injured along Punggol Field died. (Photo: Ian Cheng)

SINGAPORE: A 20-year-old suspect was arrested on Saturday (May 16) over the death of a man at Punggol Field Road last week.

The suspect was arrested at 2.45am, said the police in a news release. He will be charged in court on Sunday with murder, which carries the death penalty.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is not known to the victim and is believed to have acted alone," said the police, adding that investigations are continuing.

The victim, a 38-year-old man, was found injured along Punggol Field on May 10.

He was taken to Sengkang General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

READ: Police investigating murder at Punggol Field after man dies of injuries

The police said they will work with the prosecution to seek a court order for the suspect to be remanded for psychiatric evaluation.

"The solving of this case also reaffirms the close partnership between the police and the community, and the important role that the public plays in fighting crime," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation & Intelligence) and concurrent director of CID Florence Chua.

"The police would like to thank members of the public for providing valuable information which aided investigations and contributed to the arrest."

In a Facebook post, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Sun Xueling thanked the police for their work in tracking the suspect down. 

"Many residents have been very worried given the seemingly senseless murder," said Ms Sun.

"We are grateful to the police for pursuing leads relentlessly - trawling CCTV footage, interviewing potential eye-witnesses, following up on DNA testing," she added.

"We are also grateful to the community for coming forward with information. Together, we can keep our community safe and secure."

Editor's note: This story has been edited to remove the location of where the man will undergo psychiatric evaluation. This follows a clarification from the police that the location has yet to be determined.

Source: CNA/lk(gs)

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