29-year-old man charged with murder of father at West Coast

Businessman Mark Tan Peng Liat, 29, was charged in court on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, with the murder of his 67-year-old father at a house in West Coast on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Businessman Mark Tan Peng Liat, 29, was charged in court on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, with the murder of his 67-year-old father at a house in West Coast on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A businessman was charged in court on Thursday with the murder of his 67-year-old father at a house in West Coast on Tuesday.

No plea was taken from Mark Tan Peng Liat, 29, who allegedly caused the death of Mr Tan Kok Keng at his semi-detached house in West Coast Rise at 5.26pm on Tuesday.

The bespectacled Tan, clad in an army green T-shirt, was without expression when the charge was read to him.

It was reported that he allegedly strangled his father after an argument which turned violent.

The senior Tan fell unconscious and was taken to National University Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Tan was represented by Mr Derek Kang.

A few family members attended the court session.

The prosecution successfully applied for Tan to be remanded at Central police division for a week, with permission to take him out for investigations and to complete investigations.

The case will be mentioned on Feb 18.

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