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Elderly man found dead in Bishan home, youngest son to be charged with murder

A vicious family quarrel ended in a death on Saturday evening, sending the victim's frantic wife to her neighbours to beg for help.

Mr Aslam Aloudin, 61, was found dead in his Bishan home and his son, Sabri Aslam, 25, will be charged in court with murder today.

The charge carries the death penalty.

For nearly an hour on Saturday (Sept 24), residents at Block 152B, Bishan Street 11, heard loud arguing, followed by the sound of things being smashed.

The sound of people quarrelling was often heard coming from the two-room flat on the fifth storey, one resident told Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao.

But the quarrelling that neighbours heard on Saturday was different - it ended with a loud scream.

The victim was found motionless in the living room with no visible injuries on him, while Sabri, his youngest son, sat nearby, reported Shin Min Daily News.

No weapons were found and it is believed that the victim was punched or kicked to death.

The altercation left a trail of destruction in the flat - blood stains and broken glass could be seen on the floor and some furniture had been flipped over.

Sabri was arrested in connection with the case and investigations are ongoing.

As he was being led out of the flat, he smiled at some of his neighbours and acted like nothing had happened, said neighbours.

The flat had four occupants - Mr Aslam, his wife, their eldest son and Sabri.

Both the eldest son and Mr Aslam's wife were in the flat at the time of the incident.

Mr Aslam was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at about 9pm, said the police in a statement.

Mr Fasilah, 23, who lives two units away, told reporters that the victim's wife had knocked on his door for help.

"Tolong, tolong, my husband is unconscious," she told him frantically. Tolong is Malay for help.

Before he could answer her, Mr Fasilah said that she ran back into her home, so he called the police.

Other residents said Mr Aslam and his wife were a loving couple and often went out together.

Mr Aslam is believed to have been a temporary driver and also helped out with his wife's work as a cleaner whenever she could not cope alone, they said.

Friends and relatives of the deceased were seen at the block when TNP visited the scene on Saturday.

Mr Aslam's wife could be seen crying at the void deck as she sat beside her eldest son. They declined to be interviewed when approached.

A distant relative told reporters that Mr Aslam had been smaller in stature than his youngest son. The elderly man also had high blood pressure.

When asked, he said he did not know why there had been an altercation between them.

- Additional reporting by Ng Jun Sen