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Shane Todd's death: AGC denies towel and noose destroyed to block DNA test

Published on Jul 31, 2014 6:03 AM
Americans Mary and Rick Todd with a photo of their son Shane, who was found hanged in his Singapore home in June 2012. His parents, who arrived in Singapore in May last year for the coroner's inquiry, believe he was killed. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

The local authorities have rejected insinuations that two pieces of evidence related to US researcher Shane Todd's death were destroyed to prevent further DNA testing on them.

His parents believe he was murdered even though evidence presented during a 10-day inquiry last year proved he had hanged himself against a door with a noose and towel around his neck.

They told the media in the United States last week that they had wanted the two items for DNA testing. "We have ample evidence that our son was murdered, but the towel and the strap were the only DNA evidence in Shane's case, and now they have been destroyed," they reportedly said.

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC), however, told The Straits Times the items had been destroyed as a matter of protocol after the family of Dr Todd, who was 31 when he died, failed to meet the requirements to get them, despite being given ample time to do so.

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