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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.