The Singapore Police Force said that a 28-year-old woman who tried to flee from Singapore after allegedly attacking a man with hot water, was arrested.
She was arrested by the police onboard a ferry that she was on, while still within Singapore’s territorial waters.
The woman was caught on police surveillance cameras attacking a 24-year-old man near Balam Road on the morning of 23 March by scalding him with hot water on him.
Victim suffered 2nd-degree burns
The police were alerted to the attack at about 7.30 am but the woman had already fled the scene before the arrival of police officers.
The victim suffered second-degree burns on his neck and shoulders and was conveyed to the hospital conscious.
The thermos flask that was suspected to have been used in the hot water attack, was found by officers discarded near the scene.
Intercepted by Police Coast Guard
The Singapore Police said that the woman then tried to flee to Indonesia by boarding a ferry from the Singapore Cruise Centre but it was then intercepted by the Police Coast Guard before it left Singapore’s territorial waters.
Multiple agencies had tried to track the woman via a coordinated effort and she was arrested at about 11.30 am, on the same day of the attack.
Police officers established her identity after their investigations revealed that she knew the victim, even though her face was masked during the attack.
The woman also changed into a brown-coloured outfit when boarding the ferry, and the black dress that she wore while allegedly attacking the victim at Balam Road was also seized by the police.
She is set to be charged in court today (25 March) with voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means and if convicted, she faces a jail term of up to 7 years as well as a fine.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police and Commander of Bedok Police Division, Justin Wong, heaped praise on the officers across the multiple agencies who helped to pull off the arrest.
He said that it demonstrates the police’s ability to apprehend those who try to escape via our maritime borders, and the excellent coordination between the various units, including the Police Coast Guard, allowed them to swiftly identify and detain the suspect before she fled and left Singapore waters.