SINGAPORE: One of the seven suspects arrested over a slashing incident at Serangoon Road was taken to Lower Peirce Reservoir by the police on Thursday (Jul 26) to assist in the search for a samurai sword said to be one of the weapons used in the attack.
The suspect, 24-year-old Arjun Retnavelu, was taken to the reservoir to indicate where he had allegedly thrown the sword into the water.
The sword was one of the weapons used to slash a 27-year-old victim on the back of his head, body, hands and legs, before the suspects left in a car.
A total of seven men have been arrested, the police said on Thursday. Channel NewsAsia understands that Arjun was one of six suspects arrested at Blk 26 Sin Ming Industrial Estate while the remaining suspect was nabbed near Corporation Road.
Two commercial divers accompanied the police and the suspect to Lower Peirce Reservoir to retrieve the sword. They were seen setting up a buoy to mark a search area before diving in.
Channel NewsAsia understands that the suspect wrapped the sword in an orange cloth before throwing it into the water at around 4pm on Wednesday.
The search was called off after four hours as light was fading. Nothing had been found.
All the suspects are under investigation for rioting and being armed with a deadly weapon. If found guilty, they could be jailed for up to 10 years and caned.
Police said in a news release late on Thursday that five of the suspects, aged between 17 and 28, will be charged in court on Friday.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident is believed to have arisen from a personal feud, added the police.
“I would like to commend all the officers who had worked tirelessly round the clock to solve this case within 18 hours," said Ms Florence Chua, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation & Intelligence) concurrent Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, in the news release.
"Our officers displayed perseverance and tenacity in their investigation probes, coupled with extensive ground work, to successfully arrest all of the suspects," she added.
Additional reporting by Chan Luo Er and Jeremy Long.