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Kin identify bodies found in river

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

The bodies of two men found separately along two rivers here, were identified by their family members.

Lee Eng Hock, 59, whose body was found in the Singapore River at about 4pm on Thursday, was jobless and suffered from depression, his younger brother Lee Eng Hwa, 57, said at the mortuary at Singapore General Hospital.

The man whose body was found in Kallang River on the same day, has been identified by his uncle.

The uncle, who declined to be named, said his nephew was the middle child and has two other siblings.

The deceased lived alone and had a sales jobs in Arab Street before he died. He would have turned 30 this year. His father is currently in India and his mother died about three years ago, said the uncle.

Police have classified both cases as unnatural death and are investigating. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Costly affair to spy on husband

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

A dentist who spent S$55,000 (RM142,700) on private investigators to spy on her cheating husband will get only S$10,000 (RM26,000) to settle the bill after a judge described the amount she paid as "unusually large".

The 35-year-old had wanted evidence to support a divorce from her 42-year-old husband of nine years. She suspected him of having affairs with two women.

Investigators caught the chief investment officer "behaving intimately" with one of them, and the couple divorced a year ago.

A settlement case was held to determine how their assets would be split, but in judgment grounds released yesterday, Judicial Commissioner George Wei shared the husband's scepticism over the investigators' bills.

The total 213 hours of surveillance cost S$41,400 (RM107,400) – or about S$195 (RM506) per hour.

The husband, defended by lawyers Andy Chiok and Loy Wee Sun, produced a source which charged about S$400 (RM1,038) per day or S$6,000 (RM15,500) for an unlimited package until evidence is found.

The wife, represented by lawyer Foo Siew Fong, spent another S$13,600 (RM35,300) on "data forensic extraction" from the husband's cellphone and laptop, according to the bills. These produced no results for the court.

The judge held that while it may not be fair to make comparisons, the sum of S$41,400 (RM107,400) was "outstandingly unreasonable".

Divorce lawyers said that such fees do not usually exceed S$10,000 (RM26,000) .

"Given that the wife relied on the husband's improper association with two other women as the grounds for divorce, in hindsight, there was sufficient evidence on Sept 10 (the first of the three days) to support her petition," said the judge.

The judge ordered that the couple's S$5.5mil (RM14mil) three-storey penthouse be sold, and 75% be apportioned to the husband and 25% to the wife.

He based his decision on the respective financial contributions of the parties and the relatively short length of the marriage. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Car bursts into flames along highway

Posted: 03 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

Two people were sent to the National University Hospital (NUH) after the car they were in burst into flames along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call about a car on fire at 1.20pm yesterday. The car was on the BKE towards the Pan-Island Expressway when it caught fire.

Two fire bikes, a fire engine, red rhino and ambulance were sent to the scene, and the fire was extinguished within five minutes.

A man and a woman, in their 20s, were sent conscious to NUH with abrasions and body pains sustained in an earlier accident with a truck. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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