The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Businessman killed son and then himself over $1m debts: Coroner


A coroner inquiry found that financial debts of $1 million drove spa owner Shariffudin Abdul Kader, 55, to strangle his handicapped son, 19, in a room of the Copthorne Orchid Hotel before jumping 12 storeys to his death in Marsiling Drive several hours later .

Investigation officer Pang Kim Meng told the court that the teen had a condition known as Global Development Delay which affected his intellectual and physical abilities. As such, Shah Amin required leg braces to walk because of flat feet, weak knees and poor balance and muscle control and since 2007 had received treatment from the KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Mr Shariffudin's wife told Staff Sergeant Pang that although her husband had never talked about suicide or ending the life of their son, whom he loved very much, she believed he may not want to burden her as the medical costs for the son were high.

The couple have a daughter, now 18 years old.