A FULL-TIME national serviceman has been arrested in connection to a Woodlands murder that took place three weeks ago.

The 20-year-old is also believed to be involved in the slashing of a female jogger in February.

Police are also investigating to find out if he is involved in two other stabbing cases that took place in the northern part of Singapore between January and May.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department's special section tracked down the suspect and he was handed over to the police by the Singapore Armed Forces military command on Thursday evening.

The suspect will be charged in court on Saturday for murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted.

In the Woodlands case, the body of Ms Hoe Hong Lin, 32, a clerk, was found with at least one stab wound, next to a basketball court beside Block 895C, Woodlands Drive 50, after celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with her husband, son and nephew in a playground about 200m away from their block.
She was believed to have been attacked on her way back after walking her nephew to her sister's flat at nearby Woodlands Drive 14.

In the other case, a health-care worker was attacked on Feb 2 at the Khatib Bongsu park connector in Yishun Avenue 6. During the struggle, she grabbed the knife, causing it to break at the handle. The blade was later recovered at the scene.

The victim suffered multiple wounds on her face and upper body, and a C-shaped open wound on her right cheek She was slashed just four days after another woman was knifed nearby, also in Yishun.

NSF arrested over murder