Husband fled 30 mins before body found
JUST three months after she came from India to join her husband here, Ms Jasvinder Kaur was murdered, her decapitated and dismembered body thrown into Whampoa River.
The 33-year-old beautician's body was found in a canal near Block 110 in McNair Road, clad only in a pair of black trousers, wrapped in plastic bags and trash bags on Dec 12.
She was identified on Wednesday through forensic evidence, although her severed hands and head have not been recovered.
The police are looking for her husband, Indian national Harvinder Singh, 33, to assist in the investigation. He is believed to be a suspect.
The senior logistics coordinator, who was here on an Employment Pass, is believed to have fled the country just 30 minutes before his wife's body was found.
He is said to have left on a bus through the Woodlands Checkpoint at about 7am that morning.
At a media briefing held at the Police Cantonment Complex yesterday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Adrian Quek said that a suspect, a 25-year-old man also from India, was arrested on Wednesday in Sims Drive. The forklift driver was at his workplace when he was nabbed.
He had been here for about three years and is Mr Singh's friend.
Mr Singh came here to work in February, and was living in Balestier Road with his wife.
DAC Quek, from the major-crimes division of the Criminal Investigation Department, said that, once the report was received, some 30 officers went to the Tuas South incineration plant to sift through five tonnes of rubbish in the hope of finding Ms Kaur's body parts.
But, after three hours of searching, their efforts drew a blank.
CID director Hoong Wee Teck said that the case was a challenging one.
"This is a serious case which had attracted a lot of public attention. The circumstances surrounding this case had posed a unique challenge to the police at the onset of investigations," he said.
This is the third murder in the last decade that has involved dismembered bodies.
The other two, the murder of a Filipino national and a Chinese national, were in 2005.