Man sought in relation to Choa Chu Kang murder of missing man

A man has been charged in court with the murder of 37-year-old Dexmon Chua Yizhi together with unknown persons. (Google Street View screengrab)

[UPDATE 3 January 2pm: Adding police’s appeal for information and background information on victim.]

The police issued an appeal on Friday for information on an Indonesian man who is needed to assist in a murder investigation.

Police is looking for Djatmiko Febri Irwansyah, who is in his late 20s, to assist with investigations into the murder of 37-year-old Dexmon Chua Yizhi.

They added that preliminary investigations revealed that the man has since left Singapore. Police have sought assistance from their counterparts in neighbouring countries to trace his whereabouts.

This comes after a man was charged in court Thursday with the murder of Chua together with unknown persons.

Chua was earlier reported to be missing since last Saturday evening after he had gone out for a meal.

According to media reports, 53-year-old Chia Kee Chen allegedly caused the death of Chua, a production technician, at a multi-storey carpark at Block 429A Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 between last Saturday and this Sunday.

The police said in a Facebook post that the man was arrested on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he led them to the vicinity of Lim Chu Kang Road where Chua’s body was discovered.

Media reports added that Chua’s body had been found in thick bushes in a military training area near Sungei Gedong Camp, with his hands bound and T-shirt pulled up to his neck.

Police said they received a missing persons report for Chua on Sunday.

He was last seen at an eatery along Cheong Chin Nam Road last Saturday at about 9:44pm, added the police.

On Monday, police issued a news release appealing for information about the whereabouts of Chua.

According to media reports, Chua’s brother-in-law, David Goh, also put up an appeal on his Facebook page.

Police also said that officers from the Jurong Police Division worked closely with officers from the Criminal Investigation Department to conduct investigative probes and enquiries as there were “suspicious circumstances relating to the case”.

Had an affair?

According to a report by The New Paper, quoting Chua’s cousin, who wants to be known as Ms Chua, the victim was a “filial son”.

She added that he was divorced and had no children.

Other media reports, also quoting family members, revealed that Chua had been having an affair with a woman who is married with children before his death.

The reports said he started seeing the woman, who is a former colleague ten years his senior, soon after his divorce.

He had married a Thai woman in 2007 and they divorced about two years ago.

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