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Axe attack on campus shocks Singapore

19 Jul 2021 / 21:44 H.

SINGAPORE was rocked by the news that a 16-year-old had been arrested for causing the death of a fellow student at the city-state’s River Valley High School.

The terrifying incident took place on campus just before noon. The suspect, who was in Secondary 4, was believed to have used an axe to attack the 13-year-old victim in a school toilet, while lessons were ongoing.

The Shin Min Daily News reported that shortly after the attack, several students witnessed the suspect holding an axe and washing off blood at a drinking fountain.

The suspect was claimed to have then said: “I just killed someone.”

Local police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force were alerted, and pronounced the victim dead at the scene from multiple wounds. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were believed to be known to each other.

The Ministry of Education and the school later issued a joint statement, saying that they will be extending support to the victim’s family.

“The school has also reached out to students, parents and staff to provide counselling support and the necessary assistance to ensure their well-being,” the statement read.

Channel News Asia reported that the 16-year-old will be charged in court tomorrow for murder, with a view to seeking an order from the court to remand him for psychiatric assessment.

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