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Death-fall man who slashed dad had history of mental illness

Man flew into rage after being asked by his father to buy food

HURT: Mr Hua Bong Sing said his son, Mr Ong Ah Tiong, slashed him five times.
DEAD: Mr Ong Ah Tiong jumped out of the kitchen window of his sixth-storey flat.
DEAD: Mr Ong Ah Tiong jumped out of the kitchen window of his sixth-storey flat.

His social media posts painted a picture of a lonely man who loved his mother dearly.

But on Saturday evening, Mr Ong Ah Tiong's life came to a sudden and tragic end when he plunged to his death after allegedly slashing his father in their flat at Block 126, Geylang East Avenue 1.

Mr Ong, 39, lived in the sixth-storey flat with his 67-year-old father and 84-year-old mother.

The New Paper understands that Mr Ong, who was unemployed, had a history of mental illness and had been admitted to the Institute of Mental Health several times.

Last Saturday, Mr Ong had been asked by his father, Mr Hua Bong Sing, to buy food from the shops below.

But Mr Ong flew into a rage and attacked his dad with a knife before jumping out of the kitchen window, Mr Hua told Shin Min Daily News. 

The police received a call for help at about 6.20pm.

They arrived to find Mr Ong lying motionless at the bottom of the block. Paramedics pronounced him dead.

According to Mr Ong's Facebook page, he worked as an insurance agent for about four years before he left the company in 2004.

In December 2013, he worked at a Cheers convenience store at Geylang East Avenue 1, which he said was "very near my house, convenient".

On April 7, 2013, he wrote a post about his mother's 81st birthday, which he said was her "happiest moment" and that she was blessed to have a family with four generations.


Mr Ong appeared lonely: On his Twitter profile, which is public, he asked people to add him on Skype or WeChat.

He shared a number of links to Christian sermon videos and also put up pictures of himself attending church.

In a series of tweets in February last year, he talked to a woman living in Indonesia and invited her to Singapore.

"Where is Wenang? U feel like coming to Singapore? I can take care of u, ok? (sic)," he wrote, attaching a picture of a bear with angel wings holding a gift box.

Earlier tweets even had him sharing his mobile number with a number of women asking to be friends.

According to Mr Hua, his son fell into depression after his relationship with a Thai woman ended over a decade ago, reported Shin Min Daily News.


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LOOT: The police recovered most of the money after officers arrested the robbers.

Shortly before their brazen million-dollar heist at Dunlop Street in Little India on Sept 10, 2012, they robbed an elderly money changer worker of more than $74,000 and attempted to rob another .

Following a 29-day trial, Mohamed Faizal Ajmalhan, 32, who worked in the financial industry, music teacher Magesan Ramasamy, 36, and construction workers Arunachalam Lakshmanan, 37, and Chinnaya Antony Samy, 38, were sentenced in court yesterday for the offences.

They each received between 10 years and 10½ years' jail with the maximum 24 strokes of the cane.

Their accomplice, taxi driver Mohammad Ansari Abdul Hussain, 36, was jailed for eight years' jail and ordered to receive 12 strokes of the cane on Sept 4, 2013, after pleading guilty to gang robbery and impersonating a police officer.

Faizal, Arunachalam, Chinnaya and Ansari worked together to rob Mr Mohamed Eunos Mohamed Salleh, 66, of cash totalling $74,730 at Beach Road on Aug 13, 2012.

Mr Eunos, who was carrying a bag containing the cash, was about to reach The 101 Building when the two Indian nationals approached him from behind.

Arunachalam grabbed his right shoulder while Chinnaya snatched the bag, causing Mr Eunos to fall to the ground.

Chinnaya picked up the bag and ran away before boarding another taxi.

He later met his accomplices and they divided the loot.

About a month later, all five men attempted but failed to rob Mr Mohamed Arif Mohideen, 64, at Cecil Street near Raffles Place.

Read the full report in our print edition on June 30.

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Fifth man gets 
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