US-based pathologist, computer analyst engaged by Todd family to testify on Monday

The United States-based pathologist, who suggested in a post-mortem report that Dr Shane Todd had been murdered, will testify on Monday via video-link at the coroner's inquiry of the American researcher, said Senior State Counsel Tai Wei Shyong.

This after Dr Edward Adelstein indicated to the State Counsel earlier that he was not able to attend the inquiry for personal reasons.

Speaking to the media after Friday's proceedings, Mr Tai added that computer analyst Mr Ashraf Massoud will be giving evidence after Dr Adelstein.

The body of Dr Todd was found hanged in his Chinatown apartment last June, but his parents do not believe he had killed himself. Mr Massoud, like Dr Adelstein, was hired by his parents after his death to look into various aspects of his death.

"We have facilitated him (Mr Massoud) to come to Singapore to give evidence at this inquiry and he will be giving evidence relating to the computer output," said Mr Tai.

The senior state counsel also added that it was "inaccurate" to say the American researcher's phone had been used after it was seized by police following Dr Todd's death, and that StarHub officers "familiar with this issue" would take the stand next week to clarify the matter.

Four witnesses from the Singapore Institute of Microelectronics - where Dr Todd worked at before he died - who took the stand earlier on Fridayhad disputed parts of the FT article in their testimonies.

The inquiry continues on Monday.