Kovan double murder: Committal hearing adjourned

A hearing to determine if there was sufficient evidence for the Kovan double-murder case to proceed to trial failed to reach a conclusion yesterday and was adjourned to a later date.

Policeman Iskandar Rahmat, 36, stands accused of murdering car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son Tan Chee Heong, 42, at a terrace house on Hillside Drive on July 10, 2013.

Wearing black-rimmed spectacles and looking visibly thinner than when he was arrested two years ago, Iskandar appeared to be in good spirits, waving to his family and friends who attended the hearing.

He was in court for a committal hearing, which is a procedure to determine whether the prosecution has sufficient grounds to put him on trial in the High Court on two counts of murder.

The prosecution has written statements from 101 witnesses but there was time for only 76 to be admitted at yesterday's session.

Iskandar Rahmat, 36, was arrested in Johor Baru after a 54-hour manhunt. PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Statements from the remaining 25 witnesses will be dealt with when the hearing resumes on a date to be fixed. Family members of the Tans were also in court.

It also emerged at yesterday's hearing that experienced criminal lawyer Shashi Nathan will be defending Iskandar with Mr Ferlin Jayatissa.

The double murder in the suburban residential area of Kovan shocked Singaporeans in 2013.

The body of the younger Mr Tan was found on the road outside Kovan MRT station in Upper Serangoon Road, after it was dragged for a kilometre under a car.

The blood trail led back to his father's home where the body of the older man was found.

Iskandar, who has been with the police force since 1999, was arrested in Johor Baru after a 54-hour manhunt.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline 'Kovan double murder: Committal hearing adjourned'. Print Edition | Subscribe