Singaporean Man Accused of Murdering Architect in Spain

Singaporean architect Audrey Fang murdered in Spain, suspected killer Mitchell Ong arrested. Case highlights need for international cooperation in cross-border crimes.

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Singaporean Man Accused of Murdering Architect in Spain

Singaporean Man Accused of Murdering Architect in Spain

On April 21, 2024, Mitchell Ong, a 43-year-old Singaporean man, was brought to court in Murcia, southeastern Spain, accused of murdering Audrey Fang, a 39-year-old Singaporean architect. Fang was found stabbed over 30 times in a parking lot 150 km from her hotel during her solo vacation in Xabia.

Fang went missing on April 9 and her body was discovered the next day in a truck park about a two-hour drive from her hotel. She was last seen alive on April 9 at 8:45 pm (2:45 am Singapore time on April 10) on CCTV cameras at her hotel, where she was picked up by a vehicle.

Ong, who was known to Fang and may have been in a romantic connection with her, was arrested in his hotel room in Alicante on April 16. Police found evidence related to the murder in his room. Investigators have proven that Fang's and Ong's mobile phones were together in Abanilla on the day of her death.

The autopsy found that Fang died from numerous stab wounds and head injuries, ruling out sexual assault. Investigators are still determining the motive for the killing, which could be economic or a case of domestic violence. Fang had reportedly transferred money to an unidentified third person recently.

Why this matters: The murder of a Singaporean national overseas has shocked the community and raised concerns about the safety of solo travelers. The case also highlights the importance of international cooperation in investigating and prosecuting cross-border crimes.

Fang's family arrived in Spain on April 17 to identify her body. The court magistrate said her body could be returned to her family for repatriation to Singapore. The family is currently in Cieza dealing with the formalities and grief of her loss. The Singapore Police Force and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been assisting the Spanish authorities with the case and providing consular support to Fang's family. <a href="https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/

Key Takeaways

  • Singaporean Audrey Fang, 39, murdered in Spain; suspect Mitchell Ong, 43, arrested.
  • Fang found stabbed over 30 times in a truck park, 2 hours from her hotel.
  • Ong, known to Fang, may have been in a romantic connection with her.
  • Autopsy found Fang died from stab wounds and head injuries, no sexual assault.
  • Murder raises concerns about safety of solo travelers, highlights need for intl. cooperation.