Beach Road slashing: 46-year-old suspect to be charged with attempted murder; victim believed to be wife, say police
SINGAPORE — The police have arrested a 46-year-old man for allegedly attacking a woman with a chopper in the vicinity of Beach Road on Thursday (April 14).
SINGAPORE — A 46-year-old man arrested for allegedly attacking a woman with a chopper in Beach Road on Thursday (April 14) will be charged with attempted murder, said the police, adding that the woman is believed to be the man's wife.
In a statement on Thursday night, the police said that they had responded to a case of assault with a chopper at 75 Beach Road at 5.30pm and found a woman with slash wounds at the scene.
She was taken conscious to the hospital.
The police had said earlier on Thursday evening that the man and the woman are believed to be known to each other, before updating in a later statement at night that 41-year-old woman is believed to be the alleged assailant's wife.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had slit his own wrists with a chopper, the police also said.
The man has also been taken conscious to a hospital and a chopper has been seized, they added.
A video of the incident uploaded onto Facebook showed the man with blood on his arms brandishing a chopper and running around.
At one point, the man was seen apparently cutting his wrists and neck.
The person who put up the Facebook post and who wanted to be known only as Mr Lim, had witnessed the incident with four colleagues from their unit on the third floor of a rented shophouse nearby where they run an online media site.
“We heard a commotion and went to our toilet window to see what was happening,” Mr Lim told TODAY.
“It was really shocking and it felt surreal."
In another video, the assailant can be seen apparently attacking a woman, who had a bloodied face, with a chopper.
Onlookers attempted to stop him by throwing chairs, ladders and signboards at him.
The police said on Thursday night that several members had helped to prevent the man from further harming the victim.
Police officers who arrived at the scene then located the armed man in the vicinity and deployed a taser to subdue him.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Jeremy Ang, commander of Central Police Division, said: “The police would like to commend the members of the public who had intervened to prevent the man from causing further harm to the woman.”
The 46-year-old man will be charged in court on Saturday with attempted murder under Section 307 of the Penal Code.
Those found guilty of the offence of attempted murder will be liable for life imprisonment, imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine, or both.
The police added that they are "aware of videos circulating online on the incident, and would like to urge members of the public to refrain from circulating the videos and speculating on the case".
Police investigations are ongoing.