HOW IT HAPPENED
1 THE RECCE
- Sometime in June, Child Abduction Recovery International managing director Adam Christopher Whittington, 38, visits Singapore to carry out reconnaissance to prepare for the operation to retrieve the woman's son.
- At Raffles Marina, he observes the human traffic, security and movement of ships.
- He also stakes out the flat of the boy's grandparents, who are taking care of him. He studies their movements and the flat's layout.
2 THE JOURNEY
- Six days before the operation, Whittington and the woman meet Todd Allan Wilson, 39, in Langkawi island, Malaysia.
- They charter a private catamaran, a type of twin-hulled yacht, from an agent there.
- The trio sail to Singapore.
3 THE ILLEGAL ENTRY
- On Aug 19, at around 6am, the catamaran arrives in Singapore waters near Raffles Marina's berthing area. The marina is not an authorised landing place between 5pm and 9am.
- Whittington and the woman disembark while the yacht, piloted by Wilson, continues moving slowly. They board a taxi to go to the grandparents' flat.
4 THE ABDUCTION
- At around 9am, Whittington approaches the grandparents and tries to serve them with a copy of the court order.
- When they resist giving up the boy, Whittington holds the grandfather in an armlock around the neck. The mother manages to prise her son from him.
- To prevent their escape, the grandmother grabs a strap on Whittington's bag. He retaliates by pressing his fingers against her neck.
- Whittington and the woman escape with the boy. The grandparents call the police.
5 THE ARRESTS
- The next day at around 1am, the police arrest the mother and Whittington at the Carlton City Hotel in Tanjong Pagar.
- Wilson is arrested later that morning in the catamaran.