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Updated: 07/11/2013 15:35 | By Channel NewsAsia

Police classify Kovan double deaths as murder

Police classify Kovan double deaths as murder

Police classify Kovan double deaths as murder

SINGAPORE: Police have classified the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at Kovan on Wednesday as murder.

On July 10, the bodies of a Chinese father-and-son pair were found in two separate places in the Kovan area.

The body of the 67-year-old man, identified as Mr Tan Boon Sin, was found in his home at 14J Hillside Drive.

The body of his 42-year-old son, Mr Tan Chee Heong, was found about one kilometre away, outside the Kovan MRT station.

Friends and family members of the victims were at the mortuary on Thursday morning to identify their bodies.

The body of the younger Mr Tan is said to have been dragged by a car from the Hillside Drive home to the MRT station.

Police have recovered the car involved in the case.

The silver Toyota Camry, with the licence plate SGM14J, was found parked along Block 1084, Eunos Avenue 7 in the Eunos Industrial Estate.

Furniture shop owner Goi Boon Seng, who saw the car on Thursday morning, said it was parked there since Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Goi said: "The police came 15 minutes after I called. I saw blood (stains on the car)... heard the news and this (licence plate) seemed to be the number of the car (reported on the news) ."

When asked if there were dents on the car, he said: "No, there were only blood stains at the side and in front of the car."

Channel NewsAsia understands that the car belongs to the elder Mr Tan. It is also understood that Mr Tan owned a car business in Autobay@Kaki Bukit.

Mr Tan was described as a friendly boss.

"If one works for him for 30 over years, you'd say he was a good boss. He would not mistreat his workers. I found it strange. He was quite a nice person. I don't think he had any feud with anyone. I found it puzzling when I heard the news. He was not the kind to offend people and he joked a lot," said Ah Xiong, Mr Tan's colleague.

The double tragedy also shocked the neighbourhood.

"He (Mr Tan) is a very nice person and he's very friendly. He'll always say 'hi' to me and we get along quite well," said Madam Leong, a neighbour of the Tan family.

Police are investigating the case.

Police would like to assure the public that the two murders are assessed to pose little risk to general public safety.

They urge the public to refrain from making unfounded speculation so as not to cause undue alarm and additional distress to the loved ones of the deceased persons. - CNA/fa/ir

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