Belgian on murder rap remanded further

A Belgian expat accused of killing his five-year-old son in their D'Leedon condominium home in October last year will be remanded in Changi Prison for another six weeks, pending the completion of a forensic investigation report.

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart appeared in court via video-link yesterday. His case will be mentioned again on March 23.

The 42-year-old was charged on Oct 7 last year with murdering Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart at his 32nd-storey home at 3, Leedon Heights, the day before he was first brought to court.

He was then remanded for four weeks at the medical centre in Changi Prison for a psychiatric assessment which has since been completed.

He was subsequently remanded at the Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

Graffart, who is accused of killing his son, is under remand for a further six weeks, pending the completion of a forensic investigation report.

Graffart worked for the Singapore investment management arm of Nordea, a company that describes itself as the largest financial group in northern Europe.

Graffart's lawyer Ramesh Tiwary told The Straits Times that he will study the forensic report, once it has been completed.

Mr Tiwary also said that he has visited his client in prison several times. Asked about Graffart's condition, the lawyer said: "He's naturally very depressed about what's happened."

If convicted of murder with intention, Graffart faces the mandatory death penalty.

Amir Hussain

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'Belgian on murder rap remanded further'. Print Edition | Subscribe