07/15/2013 10:45

Kovan murder suspect charged

Iskandar bin Rahmat was on Monday charged with the murder of Tan Boon Sin and his son, Tan Chee Heong, on 10 July.

Kovan murder suspect charged

SINGAPORE: 34-year-old police officer Iskandar bin Rahmat was on Monday formally charged with the murder of car workshop owner 67-year-old Tan Boon Sin, and his son, Tan Chee Heong, 42, on 10 July.

Iskandar faces the death penalty if found guilty.

Dressed in a dark T-shirt, Iskandar showed no emotion as he waited for his charges to be read out.

Iskandar will be remanded at Central police division for further investigations and will appear in court on July 22.

The elder Tan was found dead in his home at 14J Hillside Drive on 10 July, while the body of his son was found a kilometre away outside Kovan MRT station, where he had been dragged under the getaway car driven by the suspect.

While details of what led to the double murder were unclear, police noted that the elder Tan had made a report to the Bedok police station, where the suspect was the duty officer, about a case of theft from his safe deposit box at the Certis Cisco building in November 2012. 

However, Iskandar was not the investigation officer of the case and was later taken off the case.

According to a relative of the Tan family, Iskandar would call the 67-year-old regularly to update him about the case.

"He would call Boon Sin every few weeks to update him on the theft and reassure him that the investigation was going well, and that the matter would be resolved," said the relative, who wanted to be known as Mrs Tan.

She added that Tan’s son, who was seen staggering out of their home on the day of the killings, was probably at the scene “because he would usually accompany his father" on matters concerning the theft.

The elder Tan had reportedly stopped by Certis Cisco Centre to withdraw some items from a safe deposit box there before heading home on Wednesday.

However, his wallet, identity card and belongings he kept in the safe deposit box were missing when he was found dead in his home.


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