According to preliminary investigations, some “visible injuries” that were discovered on the body of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) full-time national serviceman (NSF), were sustained while he was in the well and during the rescue process.
CPL Kok Yuen Chin had died after being found unconscious at the bottom of a fire station pump well.
CPL Kok’s aunt, Ms Helen Kok, and his father had told the media that CPL Kok’s body had signs of injury, including cuts on his face and forehead, in particular around his chin and cheeks, as well as two missing teeth.
“The police are aware of media reports stating that there were visible injuries discovered on the late CPL Kok Yuen Chin”, they announced yesterday.
The police also added that, “Preliminary investigation findings from police as well as findings from the pathologist indicate that the injuries were sustained in the well and during the rescue process”.
They also said, “The Police would like to remind the public that investigations are ongoing and public should not speculate. The findings will be made known in due course”.
Netizens were furious, attributing his death to bullying in hazing rituals.