- Case of body found in river classified as murder
- Four appointed to establish factors that led to the Little India incident
- Pimp's wife jailed for procuring women
THE police are now investigating the case of the decapitated body found in Whampoa River as murder.
The case was initially classified as an unnatural death when the body of the woman, apparently wrapped in a trash bag, was discovered on Thursday by a jogger and a cleaner in the waterway between McNair Road and St George's Road.
The victim's head and arms, which were believed to have been mutilated, were missing.
Some media reports yesterday claimed that the victim might have been a maid.
According to the reports, police officers who interviewed residents near the Whampoa River area asked whether they had employed a maid and if the maid had gone missing.
When contacted, a police spokesman declined to comment, citing ongoing investigations.
Yesterday, the search for the missing body parts continued.
At about 6pm, the police were alerted to an unknown object floating in a canal along Dakota Crescent.
The canal is not linked to Whampoa River.
Singapore Civil Defence Force firefighters arrived minutes later and were seen going down to the canal to retrieve the object.
It turned out to be a false alarm – the police established that the object was actually a pair of gloves and no other incriminating object was found, a police spokesman said.
A 41-year-old housewife, who wanted to be known only as Chong, said: "I saw what looked like an arm floating down the canal.
"I was wondering if it could be related to the headless woman's body found earlier."
Chong said she was at home when her daughter, who had gone out to buy drinks, saw the object floating in the canal and alerted her. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean has appointed a four-member Committee of Inquiry to look into the riot at Little India last Sunday.
The COI will be chaired by former Judge of the Supreme Court G. Pannir Selvam.
Other members of the committee are former Commissioner of Police Tee Tua Ba, former president of the Singapore National Trades Union Congress John De Payva and chairman of the West Coast Citizens' Consultative Committee Andrew Chua.
The committee will establish the factors and circumstances that led to the riot on Dec 8 and also establish how the riot unfolded and how the response forces managed the incident.
They will also consider whether current measures to manage incidents in the areas where foreign workers congregate are adequate and recommend if any further measures are needed to improve the management of this and to reduce the risk of such incidents happening again.
Teo, who is Deputy Prime Minister, at a media conference on Friday evening said that the committee was chosen because they understand workers relations and with their experience they will be able to examine these issues thoroughly.
DPM Teo added that the team was keen to start their work.
The findings of the committee will be made public. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
A FILIPINO who helped recruit women from the Philippines to offer sexual services to customers at three of her Singaporean husband's pubs was jailed for three months.
Sharon Trinidad Lorenzo, 31, pleaded guilty to procuring the women for prostitution.
Her husband Govindaraju Siva-kumar, 40, was jailed on Tuesday for 18 months for offences that included harbouring prostitutes and managing an illegal brothel.
Lorenzo, who is out on bail, was allowed to start serving sentence on Jan 10. She could have been fined up to S$10,000 (RM25,764) or jailed for up to five years, or both. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
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