In a solemn ruling on Friday (Aug 11), a coroner’s court officially determined that the 21-year-old police national serviceman, Mr. Finnegan Tan Yao Jie, tragically took his own life.
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On August 31, 2021, a 21-year-old full-time police national serviceman’s life was cut short by a gunshot wound to the head within the premises of the Special Operations Command (SOC). Authorities swiftly designated the incident as an “unnatural death,” while the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) embarked on a comprehensive inquiry.
- Disturbing details emerged in the case of the 21-year-old police national serviceman, Mr. Finnegan Tan Yao Jie, who tragically ended his life on August 31, 2021. The investigating officer unveiled that Mr. Tan had made a private Instagram post prior to the incident, hinting at his intention to end his life. Revealing a distressing state of mind, Mr. Tan expressed his desire to take his own life, citing multiple factors. These included falling victim to an e-commerce job scam, leading to a loss of over S$10,200. Heartbreakingly, Mr. Tan had borrowed S$7,000 from his own father, who was undoubtedly impacted by the loss. The investigation further unveiled Mr. Tan’s expressed animosity towards a former secondary schoolmate. The job scam, operating on the premise of increased dividends with higher investments, left him devastated.
The young man’s lifeless body was discovered with a gunshot wound in a restroom at the Special Operations Command (SOC) base on August 30, 2021. The decision was based on the presence of gunshot residue on Mr. Tan’s hand and face, indicating he had used a service revolver he got from the base’s weapon storage that morning.
According to CNA, State Coroner Adam Nakhoda stated that evidence from Mr. Tan’s internet search history and social media posts indicated he had intentions of ending his life. Just a day before, Mr. Tan had written a will, where he shared his belongings and money among his loved ones.
He also expressed regrets and a feeling of messing up his life, according to report.
While the exact reasons for Mr. Tan’s decision might not be fully known, State Coroner Nakhoda highlighted that financial troubles likely played a big role. Mr. Tan lost S$10,200 (around US$7,557) in an e-commerce job scam, which pushed him to borrow S$7,000 from his father. The scam falsely promised higher returns for larger investments, and Mr. Tan reported it to the police.
State Coroner Nakhoda also mentioned that, except for a few subtle signs to friends and family, Mr. Tan had kept his deep struggles hidden.
In conclusion, the coroner extended his heartfelt condolences to Mr. Tan’s family for the immense loss they’ve experienced due to this tragic event.
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