Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend in Boon Lay faces reduced charge

Hannah Teoh
Senior Content Producer
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A man who was previously accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend now faces a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Neo Chun Zheng, 28, was charged on 29 November 2015 with one count of murder after stabbing Soh Yuan Lin, 23, in the neck with a knife after a quarrel outside his Boon Lay Drive flat on 26 November 2015.

Represented by R. Thrumurgan, Neo has his charge reduced before Judicial Commissioner Pang Khang Chau in the High Court on Tuesday (10 October). Neo, who appeared in court wearing a white t-shirt and a white windbreaker, told the court that he intends to plead guilty and added that he is “very sorry for everything”.

According to media reports, Neo and Soh, a former air stewardess, argued loudly along the common corridor before Neo stabbed her. Neighbours told reporters that they overheard Neo’s mother trying to stop the argument.

The police received a call for assistance at 8:15pm on the day of the incident and found Soh lying motionless at the scene. One neighbour said he saw Soh lying in a pool of blood near the rubbish chute outside the flat. Soh died of her injuries at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital at about 11:15pm.

Neo will appear in court again on 17 October.

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