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Double death fall at Clementi West

FATHER: Mr Song Ya Cai, 66, was said to have dementia and trouble with his mobility, as well as bowel movements.
Double death fall at Clementi West

SON: Mr Song Shen Long, 30, is said to be close to his father.


    Mar 26, 2014

    Double death fall at Clementi West

    A WOMAN popped out for a karaoke session with her residents' committee on Monday, only to return home to the sight of her husband and grown son's bodies at the foot of her block.

    The 66-year-old man and his 30-year-old son were found dead that afternoon, after apparently falling from Block 605, Clementi West Street 1.

    The husband, identified by Shin Min Daily News as Mr Song Ya Cai, was on the ground while their son, Mr Song Shen Long, was on the roof of a covered walkway.

    The older Mr Song's wheelchair was later discovered on the 17th floor. The family lives in a flat on the seventh floor.

    Neighbours said they heard two loud thuds around 2.30pm, about 10 seconds apart. Several got out of their flats to take a look and discovered the bodies.

    Mr Song's wife returned home around 4pm and immediately went into shock, wailing in distress, reported The New Paper.

    At times, the woman's daughter, the youngest of her three children, believed to be in her 20s, had to restrain her mother, who took out her grief on a policewoman at the scene by hitting the latter.

    Her other son, who is the oldest child, was seen comforting his mother.

    A close friend of the wife for several years was distraught when interviewed. She said the wife had been depressed lately.

    The friend added that the wife had problems with her husband for the last five years, and they quarrelled often.

    She said the husband had dementia and had trouble with his mobility. He also could not control his bladder and bowel movements.

    But relatives and friends also told Shin Min that the father and the son who died had a close relationship. When the elder Mr Song spent a few months at a care facility, his son often went to visit him and bought food for him as well.

    Police have classified the case as unnatural death and are investigating.