Wounds of shopping centre 'stabbing victim' were self-inflicted
At first, it appeared as if he was the victim of a stabbing - bloodied and lying on the floor of a shopping centre in Yishun.
"He looked like he was sleeping in a pool of blood," said a worker at a stall in the Northpoint Shopping Centre foodcourt.
But as the day progressed, preliminary police investigations showed that the man had attempted suicide and that the blood was from self-inflicted wounds.
The stall worker, who declined to be named, said he was busy preparing food as it was lunch hour when he first noticed the man.
"(I spotted him when) he was already lying on the floor, his eyes were closed but he looked like he was still breathing," the worker, an Indian national, told The New Paper yesterday.
"(One of his injuries) was around his neck area."
The police received a call for assistance at the shopping centre at 1.14pm.
In a statement, they confirmed that "a 20-year-old man was found lying in a semi-conscious state on the third storey of the mall".
DRENCHED IN BLOOD
Pictures circulating online showed the victim, whose T-shirt was drenched in blood, lying on the floor.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that an ambulance was dispatched after it received a call for assistance a little after 1.20pm.
The man was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for treatment, the police said.
The SCDF said he suffered multiple injuries on his body.
The police said that based on preliminary investigations, they had classified the case as attempted suicide.
There was an air of mystery at the scene yesterday afternoon as workers and witnesses said there had not been any commotion before the bloodied victim was found on the floor.
"Actually, nothing (seemed to have) happened," said a worker from Chen Kang Body Spa, just one shop away from where the man was found.
"We realised something had happened only after witnesses and the security were gathering around the area."
She even approached the man.
"I asked him what happened as he lay on the ground, but he couldn't speak," she said.
The woman and other bystanders who tried to question the man were soon ushered away by security staff.
TNP understands that the man was still undergoing treatment at the hospital last night.
Police investigations are continuing.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are in emotional distress, you can get help from:
Singapore Association For Mental Health
Samaritans of Singapore
Mental Health Helpline
Care Corner Counselling Centre (for Mandarin speakers)
Tinkle Friend (for primary school-aged kids)