Father and son found dead in Kovan

Police officers and forensic staff outside the terrace house in Hillside Drive, where the murders took place.
Police officers and forensic staff outside the terrace house in Hillside Drive, where the murders took place. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

This article first appeared in The Straits Times on July 11, 2013

A FATHER and son were believed to have been murdered in Kovan yesterday, with a 1km trail of blood linking their bodies. 

The father, in his 70s, was found at a terrace house in Hillside Drive. But the body of his son, who was in his 40s, was apparently dragged under a car to outside Kovan MRT station.

The police have appealed for information on the vehicle, whose licence plate is SGM14J – matching the number of the house.

An eyewitness who was driving along Upper Serangoon Road said she saw a man, with his face to the ground, being dragged underneath a silver Toyota Camry. 

She added that the man’s belt appeared to have been stuck to the car, which she had seen turning out from Hillside Drive.

“There were 15 to 20 cars honking for the car to stop but it didn’t. The body was dislodged outside the MRT station and the car continued on,” she said before she was led away by police to give a statement.

The woman added that she could not tell whether the driver was a man or woman as she did not get a clear view.

A neighbour of the family, who wanted to be known only as Mr Liang, said the car belonged to the older man. 

According to the 73-year-old retiree, the man had lived there for over 10 years with his wife, and was nice and helpful. The neighbour added that the couple’s son did not live with them.

Three people were seen leaving the house after the police arrived – two women and a man, all of whom appeared to be in their 50s. It was unclear if the man’s wife was among them.

Police yesterday received a call at 3.40pm informing them of the body outside the MRT station. It was understood to have suffered head and neck injuries.

The other body was discovered later, as police followed the trail of blood back to the house. 

A lane along Upper Serangoon Road and roads leading to Hillside Drive were closed by the police, leading to a massive traffic jam. Crowds also gathered around the house and where the son was found. Both places were cordoned off for more than eight hours. 

As of last night, the police had yet to classify the case. Anyone with information can call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000.