Policeman accused of Kovan double murder to testify on Friday

Defendant Iskandar Rahmat will take the stand on Friday after the prosecution wrapped up its case against the former policeman on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015.
Defendant Iskandar Rahmat will take the stand on Friday after the prosecution wrapped up its case against the former policeman on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Iskandar Rahmat, the 36-year-old policeman on trial for the Kovan double murders two years ago, told the High Court calmly on Wednesday that he will take the stand to answer to the charges.

He is expected to start testimony on Friday morning.

Justice Tay Yong Kwang called for Iskandar's defence in the afternoon after the prosecution closed its case against him for the murders of car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son Chee Heong, 42, on July 10, 2013.

Iskandar, who was saddled with debt, is accused of stabbing and slashing both men while carrying out a plan to rob the older man at his Hillside Drive terrace house. After knifing both men, he escaped in the father's Toyota Camry, dragged the son's body under the car for a kilometre.

Over the past five days, 16 prosecution witnesses out of the slate of 102 have taken the stand. The statements of the remaining witnesses were admitted as evidence without them being called to take the stand, as the defence is not disputing their testimony.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lau Wing Yum told the court on Wednesday that, after reviewing the evidence heard in court and given the number of issues that arose between the prosecution and defence, the prosecution has made a considered decision not to call American forensic scientist Dr Henry Lee or to tender his crime scene reconstruction report.

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