A former Singaporean footballer was killed on Saturday in an ominous domestic dispute involving his Belgian girlfriend and her Belgian ex-husband.
Talking to the Singaporean The New Paper, the uncle of the killed Sivaneswaran Ramalingam, 29, said that he himself had gone to Bangkok to watch a football match. When his Mr Ramalingam failed to show up, his uncle Rajandran Ramasamy, 64, became concerned. Only hours later he learned that his nephew was dead.
The self-employed Mr Ramalingam lived in Bangkok together with his Belgian girlfriend Ms Sarah Gieghase. The alleged killer was another Belgian – her business partner – whom his uncle Mr Ramasamy knew only as “Kevin”.
A Thai police officer told TNP that Kevin is Ms Gieghase’s former husband. The officer, who declined to be named, added that Kevin had been arrested for committing grievous hurt, not murder, as he had not intended to kill Mr Sivaneswaran.
He said the incident was sparked by a domestic dispute in the couple’s condominium apartment during which Mr Sivaneswaran was violent towards Ms Gieghase. Kevin and a friend showed up at the apartment after Ms Gieghase called her parents for help.
The officer said Kevin intervened by restraining Mr Sivaneswaran in a chokehold, but he had not meant to kill him, only to subdue him. When police officers arrived at the apartment, Kevin was still holding on to Mr Sivaneswaran’s neck, he added. Ms Gieghase had planned to separate since October last year.
According to Singapore’s National Environment Agency’s permit to cremate Mr Sivaneswaran’s body, he had died of strangulation. Mr Rajandran, his uncle expressed concerns over the circumstances surrounding his nephew’s death.
Mr Rajandran, his uncle expressed concerns over the circumstances surrounding his nephew’s death. He told TNP before Mr Sivaneswaran’s cremation on Monday, May 30th: “How can it not be murder? My nephew has been killed. I don’t think Siva was violent towards Sarah.”
Mr Sivaneswaran was an S-League footballer with Sengkang Punggol (now Hougang United) in 2010. He joined Thai Premier League side Chonburi FC at the end of the season that year.
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- June 1, 2016: "Family of former S-League footballer found dead in Bangkok ask what happened" (straitstimes.com)