Redhill Close murder: 61-year-old man had likely been dead for 2 or 3 days

A 59-year-old man was charged on Saturday (Mar 18) with the murder of his 61-year-old co-tenant in a flat in Bukit Merah.

According to court documents, Ng Boon Hong allegedly murdered Mr Ang Cheng Kek at Block 90 in Redhill Close between about 11pm on Wednesday and about 2am on Thursday, reported The Straits Times.

The police earlier said they were alerted at 10.50am on Friday to the murder case involving the co-tenants, adding: Upon arrival, officers found a 61-year-old man lying motionless with multiple wounds inside the unit. He was subsequently pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene."

Reporters noted that the entrance of the unit in question was stained with blood. There was also a 10m trail of bloody shoe prints along the corridor.

A resident on the fourth floor said he told the police that he did not hear any shouts or arguments coming from the flat recently.

Another neighbour said he did not hear any suspicious noises in the days leading up to the incident as most of the residents here are elderly and usually very quiet.

However, Lianhe Zaobao reported that the accused and the deceased had been in a dispute before the incident, though the cause is unclear.

A 68-year-old neighbour living on the same floor said Mr Ang had bad feet and mobility issues. He would go out with a walking stick and was often seen strolling along the corridor in the afternoon.

The neighbour added: "I see him in the corridor almost every day before I go to work and we would greet each other. However, I hadn't seen him for several days. I only learnt of what happened after seeing police cordon off the scene."

The neighbour also said she was unaware that Mr Ang had a co-tenant as he was always alone.

According to Zaobao, Mr Ang's body had begun to emit a foul stench. It is believed that he had been dead for two or three days before his body was discovered.

The offence of murder carries the death penalty.

View more photos of the crime scene in the gallery.