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Darishini Thiyagarajan
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

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Man calls police after neighbour wrecks his joss-stick holder

The New Paper | Darishini Thiyagarajan | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Debris created at the front of Mr Koh’s house by his neighbour, a woman staying at the fourth storey of Block 370 in Hougang Street 31, included the snapped wooden stick the woman had used to break the joss-stick holder.

SINGAPORE - Neighbours claim she had frequently been causing trouble.

For the past two years, she had been leaving leftover food and litter at the doorsteps of her fourth-storey neighbours at Block 370 in Hougang Street 31.

Yesterday, she became even more agitated. Police had to be called in and it led to a stand-off after she locked herself in her flat and refused to come out.

The stand-off lasted about three hours before Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescuers were forced to cut through the metal main gate and break through the door.

A neighbour, who only wanted to be known as Mr Koh, 58, said: "She destroyed our prayer joss-stick holder last year, but we didn't think it was serious enough to be reported."

But yesterday, at around 5pm, Mr Koh heard a loud crash and he ran to the door to find that his neighbour had wrecked his prayer joss-stick holder again.

SNAPPED IN TWO

The taxi driver said that this time, she used a long wooden stick which snapped into two from the force she used to destroy the holder.

Fearing for his family's safety, he locked all his windows and the door before calling the police.

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