Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Two neighbours' bodies found at Bishan block

Jan 11, 2011

By Kimberly Spykerman & Chong Zi Liang

THE body of a woman suffering from depression was found barely a metre away from that of her 15th floor neighbour at the foot of their Bishan St 13 block yesterday.
Administrative assistant Ng Sock Luan, 48, and retiree Lau Fong Kien, 55, who lived on the 11th and 15th floor respectively, were long-time residents of the block but did not know each other.
A member of the public had alerted police at about 11.20am about the two bodies.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived shortly later. Some medication and food items were discovered next to Ms Lau's body.
It is believed that they died around the same time.
The two women had very different personalities, relatives told The Straits Times, adding that Madam Ng could have fallen on Ms Lau.
Madam Ng's husband, a quality assurance manager who declined to be named, said she had been diagnosed with depression about two months ago, and was on medication. She would usually be closely supervised by him or their teenage children.
However, she had been left on her own for a few hours yesterday as her husband had an urgent meeting and the children were busy with school.
It was only when her husband returned home around 3pm and realised she was missing that he suspected something might be wrong.
Ms Lau's younger brother, technical support officer Lau Fang Cheng, 51, said that his sister had been returning from her weekly trip to a Chinese sinseh.
He said: 'She is very strong willed, she survived breast cancer two years ago.'
The police have classified both cases as unnatural death and are investigating.

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