Belgian accused of killing son to be remanded another six weeks pending forensics report

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart arriving at the State Courts on Oct 7, 2015.
Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart arriving at the State Courts on Oct 7, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A Belgian man accused of killing his five-year-old son in their D'Leedon condominium home in October last year will be remanded in Changi Prison for another six weeks, pending the completion of a forensic investigation report.

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart appeared in court via video-link on Wednesday. His case will be mentioned again on March 23.

The 41-year-old was charged on Oct 7, last year, with the murder of Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart. He allegedly committed the act at his 32nd-storey home at 3 Leedon Heights, the day before he was first brought to court.

He was then remanded for four weeks at the medical centre in Changi Prison for a psychiatric assessment.

He was subsequently remanded at the Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

 
 

Graffart worked for the Singapore investment management arm of Nordea, a company that describes itself as the largest financial group in northern Europe.

Graffart's lawyer Ramesh Tiwary told The Straits Times that he will study the forensic report once it has been completed.

Mr Tiwary also said that he has been in touch with his client, having visited him a few times in prison.

Asked about Graffart's condition, the lawyer said: "He's naturally very depressed about what's happened."

If convicted of his charge, murder with intention, Graffart faces the mandatory death penalty.