Water tank victim said to have made death pact with boyfriend

Water tank victim said to have made death pact with boyfriend

The boyfriend of the Indonesian maid whose body was found in an HDB water tank said the two made a pact to die together.

SINGAPORE: The boyfriend of the Indonesian maid whose body was found in an HDB water tank in May 2011 revealed in court Thursday that the two had made a pact to die together.

Repon Mostafa, 30, was testifying as a witness in the Coroner's Court during an inquiry into the death of Mdm Ruliyawati, his girlfriend. The inquiry started on 16 January this year.

Mr Repon was initially charged with the murder of Mdm Ruliyawati before he was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on 20 July 2012.

He acknowledged during the inquiry that both he and Madam Ruliyawati had made a pact to die together.

The court was also presented with a statement by Mr Repon's friend, known as "Shanti", who said she had spoken on the phone with Mdm Ruliyawati shortly before her death.

According to the statement that was read in court, Mdm Ruliyawati had told Shanti: "We want to die. Two persons. How to call already? Cannot call you already. We want to die already."

Mr Repon said Ms Shanti had called him when he and Mdm Ruliyawati were at the rooftop of the Woodlands HDB block.

He also told the court that Ms Shanti had tried to persuade Mdm Ruliyawati to change her mind.

The inquiry will continue on May 2.

Source: CNA/jc

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