Yishun death: Men made police reports against each other
Man found dead in Yishun and man arrested afterwards had met in church a few years ago
The man found dead in Yishun and the man arrested later had known each other for a few years, the police said yesterday.
They had also made police reports against each other, said a spokesman in a statement.
At about 8pm on Saturday, Mr Shawn Ignatius Rodrigues, 26, was found motionless, bloodied, bruised and with a gash across his face on the corridor on the sixth storey of Block 279, Yishun Street 22.
There was also a cut on his left arm and what appeared to be rope tied around his right wrist, which was also bloodied.
A 20-year-old man, who is known only as Ryan and who lives in the block, was later arrested in relation to the case.
Yesterday, the police said Ryan's mother had lodged four reports against Mr Rodrigues between April last year and March this year.
Three of them were for Mr Rodrigues allegedly turning up at Ryan's home and causing a nuisance before being asked to leave by his family.
The last report was for an alleged molest of a female, police said.
The spokesman said officers had interviewed Ryan's mother and the police had acknowledged - in a letter - her family's appeal made through their MP, Mr K. Shanmugam. They were also informed that the matter was under investigation.
The police said Mr Rodrigues had made a report on June 30 last year after he was allegedly assaulted by Ryan a week earlier.
But Mr Rodrigues had said he did not want to pursue the matter.
The police had also advised Ryan's family to lodge a Magistrate's Complaint against Mr Rodrigues.
Both parties attended mediation sessions between February and May this year at the Community Court, said the spokesman.
Ryan's 22-year-old sister, an administrative assistant who declined to be named, claimed to The New Paper on Sunday that Mr Rodrigues was a stalker who terrorised them for more than two years.
"We know very little about him, but he would always bang on the door, looking for my brother," she said.
"We've made many complaints and reports to the police."
According to Ryan's sister, the two men got to know each other at a meeting in church.
"He (Mr Rodrigues) used to be very quiet, but started acting strangely about two years ago," she said.
"We have no idea why he was stalking us."
A resident in the area, who wanted to be known only as Mr An, 35, a technician, told TNPS that he had seen both Ryan and Mr Rodrigues in the area.
"I've seen them confronting each other, below the block," he said.
"He (Ryan) was walking his dog, but nothing happened then.
"He has tattoos all over his arms and the other guy (Mr Rodrigues) was always in the area, sometimes staring at the block from an opposite block."
Mr Rodrigues' family declined to comment when TNP visited their Yishun Avenue 6 home yesterday.
The police also said yesterday that members of the public should refrain from commenting or speculating about the case.
"The police will conduct a thorough investigation and there will be proceedings in court, in relation to the death of the deceased."
The police are investigating the unnatural death.
It remains unknown what Ryan was arrested for.
We know very little about him (Mr Shawn Ignatius Rodrigues) but he would always bang on the door, looking for my brother. We've made many complaints and reports to the police.
- The 22-year-old sister of Ryan, the man arrested over Mr Rodrigues' death