PRC woman in Sentosa Cove death was paid $800 to have sex
December 28th, 2010 | Author: Your Correspondent
The 24 year old PRC woman Li Hongyan, whose naked body was found lying in a pool at Sentosa this year March was paid $800 to have sex and spent the night with businessman Adrian Chua.
The sensational case made the headlines this year. A Coroner’s Inquiry this morning ruled out foul play in her death.
It was revealed in court that Ms Li met 39 year old Adrian Chua at a Havelock Road nightclub and agreed to have sex with him for $800.
Mr Chua testified in court that he did not use ‘force’ on Ms Li when they were having sex at his Sentosa Cove home and was notified of her death by two Sentosa rangers.
It is not known if Ms Li is a Singapore PR, a student on student pass or a tourist on social visit pass.
The beautiful Li HongYan...
The unlucky Adrian Chua....
The haunted house at Sentosa Cove....
By Rachel Chan - Dec 29, 2010
AS THE verdict on his daughter's death was read out yesterday at a Coroner's Inquiry at the Subordinate Courts, Mr Li Kui You, 58, could only lay his head on the table.
The soya-bean farmer, who arrived in Singapore with two relatives on Christmas night, was too despondent to raise his head when State Coroner Victor Yeo ruled that there was no foul play and that Ms Li Hong Yan's death was an accident. Evidence from police investigations showed that Ms Li, 24, whose naked body was found submerged in a Sentosa Cove bungalow pool in March, did not take her own life.
Mr Yeo concluded that the freelance KTV hostess drowned accidentally as she swam in the pre-dawn hours of March 24 this year.
Wearing a dark blue Mao jacket, Mr Li looked tired and sombre. He broke down when answering journalists' questions about his daughter.
Prior to Ms Li's death, her family and relatives had been under the impression that she had come to Singapore to be a hairdresser, for which she received training in China.
"She was such a sweet girl who never lost her temper. She got along with everyone," said Madam Fang Shu Hui, 57, who accompanied Mr Li to court yesterday. Madam Fang is the mother-in-law of Ms Li's elder sister.
Ms Li arrived from Heilongjiang province in China last year and was employed as an assistant supervisor at an Indian eatery in Jalan Besar. Meanwhile, she moonlighted as a KTV hostess at a nightclub in Outram Road.
She quit her supervisor job in early March to become a full-time hostess.
It was at the nightclub that she hooked up with Mr Adrian Chua, 39, chief executive realty-investment firm Roundhill Capital. He affectionately called her "Wawa", or "doll" in Mandarin and had taken her to his multi-million-dollar home in Sentosa Cove at least twice previously, each time paying her $800 for an evening's companionship.
On March 24, they had sex and at about 7am, Mr Chua's 26-year-old maid, Myanmar national Aye Aye Tun, found Ms Li floating face down in his pool. Yesterday, Mr Chua and his maid came forward for the first time to talk about the events that transpired prior to the discovery of Ms Li's body.
Mr Chua said he had sex with Ms Li, after which he fell asleep at around 4am.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed images of Ms Li unlocking the sliding doors leading to the pool at 3.48am. She was alone and fully clothed.
Mr Yeo said: "I am of the view that, at the pool-deck area, she removed her clothes so as not to get them wet." There was no CCTV camera installed in the outdoor area.
Mr Yeo surmised that Ms Li, who could not swim, had difficulty keeping her head above water after stepping into the pool. He added that she could also have slipped on the steps leading into the pool as it was dark.
Ms Li is 1.54m tall and the pool's maximum depth is 1.5m. The lights inside and around the pool were not switched on. As Mr Chua had previously taken her to the pool deck to chat and smoke, Mr Yeo said Ms Li probably went there again to smoke, adding that Ms Aye Aye Tun found Mr Chua's cigarettes and lighter with Ms Li's clothes before making her grisly discovery.
Mr Chua said he was woken up by two Sentosa Cove security personnel at 8am. "I was shocked to hear that a naked woman was found drowned in my pool," he said.
He has since sold the Sentosa property. He appeared calm yesterday as he took the stand, looking steadily at Mr Li and his relatives when Mr Yeo asked them if they had any questions for him. Mr Li could only shake his head and bury his face in his folded arms, saying in Mandarin that he was confused.
He was similarly dazed when two members of the public handed him about $500 in cash.
His eyes moist with tears, Mr Li could only utter: "Thank you."
Bangkok Kid wrote:
THE n-a-k-e-d body of a young Chinese woman was found drowned in a lap pool of a bungalow in an exclusive residential estate in Sentosa Cove on Wednesday morning.
The body of Ms Li Hong Yan, 24, was found by a maid who was cleaning the three-storey house along Ocean Drive at about 8.30am.
Paramedics pronounced her dead at about 9.30am.
Ms Li is believed to have spent the night at the house with its owner, after they met at a party.
While little is known about how she drowned, police said that there was no indication of injuries on her body.
Police have classified the case as an unnatural death.
On the evening of the accident, Li Hong Yan who is in Singapore to work in an Indian restaurant, had been moonlighting in a KTV night club. The night club Li Hong Yan was working in is one of the many KTV clubs found along Havelock Road, which catered to well-to-do businessmen with their bevy of pretty KTV hostesses girls. Li Hong Yan had allegedly met a customer, Adrian Chua, at the night club. After they finished their partying night, Adrian Chua had brought her home to his brand new multi-million dollar Sentosa Cove bungalow.
The next day, Li Hong Yan was found naked and drowned in the swimming pool within the luxurious and ultra-expensive Sentosa Cove bungalow. The Singapore police is currently still investigating the case and the owner, Adrian Chua, has not spoken to the media.
There are many online speculations as to why Li Hong Yan was not wearing anything when they found her in the pool in Sentosa. Some netizens thought that there were some hidden conspiracies, but a Channel News Asia forumer, ISylvia shared these more logical thoughts:
This is how I see it. First of all, when the girls are booked at any KTV, they are only wearing their working clothes. So this girl went with this rich Adrain guy to his house clad in this manner as expected. After they made love, usually the booked girl ended up in a half-wet towel or without any clothes when she is in bed. Surely you don’t expect her to pull out her pyjamas or nightie from her tiny handbag. Since wearing a half-wet towel to bed is not a very good idea and will give the girl hong-sip or rheumatism etc, and moreover it’s hard to fall asleep half-wet, she is likely to be naked sleeping. As have been previously mentioned, the man is likely to fall asleep first due to his alcohol intoxication and exhaustion. The poor girl who found herself lying on an unfamiliar bed with a snoring man is most probably trying to fall in sleep in vain. So she decided to get up to do something instead of enduring this situation for hours and hours. And that was why she was walking naked all over this house.
The house where Ms Li Hong Yan died belongs to Mr Adrian Chua Boon Chye.
Mr Adrian Chua Boon Chye, 39, is the founder and chief executive officer of Roundhill Capital, a real estate investment advisory firm, registered here under his residential address.
He is unmarried and is said to have lived at the three-storey house along Ocean Drive for over a year. Calls made to both his home and mobile phone yesterday went unanswered.
Ms Li Hong Yan had arrived in Singapore on Nov 10 last year and started working the following month as a catering supervisor at a restaurant and catering business in Tuas.
Paramedics pronounced her dead over an hour later. She is believed to have spent the night at the house with its owner, Mr Adrian Chua Boon Chye, after they met at a party on Tuesday evening.
A DAY OF DROWNINGS.....
SINGAPORE - There were three cases of drownings yesterday, one of which happened at the exclusive Sentosa Cove development.
The other two were at Kranji Reservoir and at a canal near Block 137, Potong Pasir Ave 3, although the body of the third victim had not been found at press time.
In the Sentosa Cove drowning, a naked Chinese woman was found dead in the pool of a bungalow on Ocean Drive that belongs to Mr Adrian Chua Boon Chye.
A police spokesman said they received a call at 8.05am yesterday about a woman found at a residential unit.
She was in her mid-20s and local Chinese newspapers have reported that she and Mr Chua, 39, had met in a nightspot the night before.
They described her as having long hair and attractive, and him as the chief executive officer and founder of a property investment firm.
She had apparently gone home with him and the last time he saw her alive was when they retired for the night. It is believed that his maid found her floating in the pool and alerted a neighbour, who had been walking her dog. There were no reported injuries on the victim's body.
She was pronounced dead at 9.35am and police have classified the case as one of unnatural death.
Just over two hours later, the police received a call that Mr Yap Kok Wooi was found facedown in Kranji Reservoir.
The security guard, who was about 55 years old and worked for Royal Security was stationed at an industrial building at Sungei Kadut Street 3. He was found fully clothed near Car Park B.
At 5pm, the police got another call about someone falling into the canal at Potong Pasir Avenue 3, next to St Andrew's Junior College.
Four family members had been playing ball when it fell into the canal. One of them, Mr Hasif Hamid, was trying to pick the ball up when he fell in. His sister saw him fall. Divers SCDF and the Naval Diving Unit were still trying to locate him last night.
Mr Hasif, 20, was believed to be a student with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore.
The police are investigating the cases.