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Jurong West Murder: Behind the Story

April 3, 2012 - 6:18pm


Saturday morning saw the grisly murder of Singaporean Elsie Lie, 24, at a quiet Jurong West precinct. Her boyfriend, 38,  has been arrested and charged for her murder. Police retrieved various body parts, including what looks to be an eye, flung from the window of the flat.

Maureen Koh explains what it was like at the scene.

How did you find out?

It was a tip off early in the morning, and the team was sent scrambling to this block in Jurong West

At first, there was nothing so unusual, a bunch of police - both plain-clothes and in uniform standing outside the unit.

Then, something strange started happening. At around noon, police started cordoning off this grass patch next to the block.

We saw the police tent - usually used to cover up bodies at crime or accident scenes - being set up and we became very suspicious indeed.

What did you do?

Actually, it was very much a team affair. We had Benjamin, our photographer, and two reporters on the ground.

My colleague who saw the tent being set up walked up a nearby multi story carpark, also watched as plain-clothes policemen bustled around the window of the flat and gestured to their colleagues on the ground.

She then got Ben to go over to see if he could see anything.

With his camera's lenses, he was able to discern what looked like bloody tissue in the grass patch. We knew then that it was going to be horrendous.

When we got to the crime scene, the flat's  main tenants, a Bangladeshi couple and another Bangladeshi man had already left the place. We started asking neighbours if they heard anything. Or if they know either the man or woman. But most of them just said no.

A couple in the next block had scanty details like how they heard shouts at 2 am but could hear the man bellowing when he was arrested that morning.

 Many more - especially those living in the same block -  said they didn't hear a thing. Maybe, the heavy rainstorm that morning might have contributed to this?

My colleague has a different take on this unneighbourliness. You can read it here

It became a waiting game. We knew that the pathologist was inside and we were told that "the body was turned here and there, and being examined thoroughly". Yet the police spokesman could not offer more details. We just had to wait.

It was later, when Benjamin got the shots of the police scouring the ground and the pieces of her body thrown unceremoniously out, were we able to piece the story together.

Did you feel anything?

Frankly, we're there to do a job, so you're pretty focused on getting information.

Only later, when we were discussing it were we able to let go, and let ourselves feel sad about this young girl who's life was snuffed out so horribly.

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