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Criminal charges abated for man who died after allegedly stabbing wife to death in Tampines

SINGAPORE — He was facing criminal charges for purportedly stalking his estranged wife and violating a personal protection order (PPO) she had taken out against him.

The 45-year-old man allegedly inflicted slash wounds on his estranged wife's neck, then left her bloodied and motionless at the void deck of a Tampines public housing block.

The 45-year-old man allegedly inflicted slash wounds on his estranged wife's neck, then left her bloodied and motionless at the void deck of a Tampines public housing block.

SINGAPORE — He was facing criminal charges for purportedly stalking his estranged wife and violating a personal protection order (PPO) she had taken out against him.

But one week ago, the 45-year-old man allegedly inflicted slash wounds on her neck, then left her bloodied and motionless at the void deck of a Tampines public housing block. 

About three hours later, he was found at the foot of Block 205 Punggol Field where he lived.

Both were unconscious when separately taken to hospital and soon died.

On Wednesday (Feb 17), the man’s two charges for unlawful stalking and breaching the PPO were formally abated or removed in a district court. This happens when an accused person dies before he or she is convicted.

His lawyer from Kerta & Sandhu LLC, Mr Anil Singh Sandhu, applied for the abatement and told the court he had uploaded the man’s death certificate in the court system. 

TODAY’s checks with Registry of Marriages records showed that the couple tied the knot in June 2000. They have three teenage children.

While there is no gag order on the couple’s identities, amendments to the Children and Young Persons Act that kicked in mid-last year restrict the publication of information relating to proceedings involving children and young persons.

According to court documents, the man was accused of breaching the PPO against him that a district court had granted his wife on March 6 last year. It is not known what led her to get the PPO.

About a month later, on the morning of April 15, he purportedly stalked her by following her from Block 204 Tampines Street 21 to a nearby bus stop, and also tried to communicate with her.

The circuit breaker period that restricted people from leaving their homes for non-essential purposes, in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, had just kicked in a week earlier.

Last week, she was found unconscious at a block near where the alleged stalking took place.

It is still unclear how her husband died, and police investigations into both unnatural deaths are ongoing. 

He had been out on bail of S$10,000 when he allegedly assaulted her.

The Straits Times reported that the couple’s marriage had broken down in recent years, with the wife moving out of their matrimonial home in Punggol to stay with her mother in Tampines.

After she was found, a confidential look-out message — sent to various law enforcement agencies — that contained her husband’s name, photograph, personal particulars and the police report number began circulating among members of the public on messaging applications. 

On Monday, the police announced that they had arrested a 37-year-old public servant under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly sharing an image of the official police document with a friend via WhatsApp.

The 60-year-old friend, who was not authorised to receive the information, further shared it with others.

The police had cautioned unauthorised recipients not to further circulate the confidential information, as they may be similarly liable under the Official Secrets Act.

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