Kovan double murder trial

Suspect will take the stand tomorrow

Iskandar Rahmat, 36, is expected to start his testimony tomorrow and will be the only witness called.
Iskandar Rahmat, 36, is expected to start his testimony tomorrow and will be the only witness called.SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO

Iskandar Rahmat, the policeman on trial for double murders in Kovan two years ago, was calm as he told the High Court yesterday he will take the stand to answer to the charges.

The 36-year-old is expected to start his testimony tomorrow and will be the only witness called. He is defended by Mr Shashi Nathan.

Justice Tay Yong Kwang called for Iskandar's defence 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.

Iskandar, who was saddled with debt, is accused of stabbing and slashing the pair while carrying out his plan to rob the older Mr Tan at his Hillside Drive terrace house on July 10, 2013.

After knifing them, he escaped in the father's Toyota Camry, dragging the son's body under the car for a kilometre until it was dislodged outside Kovan MRT station.

Over the past five days of the trial, 16 prosecution witnesses out of the list of 102 took the stand.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lau Wing Yum said yesterday that, after reviewing the evidence heard so far and given the limited number of issues that arose between the prosecution and defence, prosecutors have decided not to call American forensic scientist Henry Lee or submit his crime scene reconstruction report.

The statements of another 85 witnesses were admitted without them being called to the stand, as the defence is not disputing their testimonies. The last witness who took the stand was Dr Lim Hock Hin, who had examined Iskandar for injuries a day after his arrest.

His report said Iskandar had a bite mark on his left palm, two stitched-up cuts on his right hand, and scratches on both hands. Dr Lim clarified he described the mark on the palm as a bite only because Iskandar had told him he had been bitten. Dr Lim deferred to the opinion of forensic odontologist Tan Peng Hui, a teeth mark expert, who testified the injury was not a bite.

Dr Lim said Iskandar had told him that the two cuts were caused by him grabbing a knife. The stitching was done by a general practitioner in Malaysia after Iskandar fled there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2015, with the headline 'Suspect will take the stand tomorrow'. Print Edition | Subscribe