Dead on a bench and not a soul knew

HE was just another man sitting on a bench to the people who passed him by. Someone even rested beside him briefly.  

It was only after he had stayed put at the Bukit Batok East Avenue 3 playground all night long that the police were called on Monday morning. 

The unidentified man, believed to be in his 40s, was dead.  

Some residents said they noticed the man on the bench around midnight on Sunday, but thought nothing of it. He was seated upright and appeared to be staring into space. 

On Monday morning, the same residents saw him again, his head now tilted back. One hand was draped over the bench's armrest, the other lay on a plastic bag beside him. Still, most thought nothing of it. 

One resident, however, found it odd that the sounds of people rushing to work did not rouse him, and called the police. 

Police and paramedics arrived at 8am to find the man dead. 

He was wearing a grey short-sleeved shirt, dark trousers and leather boots, a watch and a ring. 

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

Retiree Eddie Ng, 65, was shocked to find out about the death – he was the one who had sat beside the corpse for about 15 minutes, after finishing his stroll at about 7am. 

“A mother carrying a crying baby walked past. I thought the man would definitely wake up because of the noise, but he did not stir at all,” said Ng in Mandarin. 

Although he found that odd, he did not think anything more of it. 

“I myself have fallen asleep on this bench many times because it is so nice and windy here,” he said. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network 

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