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‘Model cop’ charged in grisly murder

AFP-JIJI

A Singapore policeman once portrayed as a model officer was charged Monday with the gruesome double murder of a businessman and his son in a case that has shocked the city-state.

Senior Staff Sgt. Iskandar Rahmat, 34, could face hanging if convicted of murdering car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son, Tan Chee Heong, 42, last Wednesday.

The older man was fatally slashed in his home while his son’s body was found a kilometer away after being dragged under one of their cars, leaving a trail of blood on a busy road as other motorists watched in horror.

Iskandar, once portrayed as a model officer on the Singapore Police Force website, abandoned the older victim’s car and fled to Malaysia by scooter. He was arrested within two days in neighboring Johor state and repatriated Saturday.

Singapore media said the suspect, a married 14-year veteran of the force, was bankrupt and under an official investigation for failing to report his personal financial problems to his superiors.

He was banned from carrying firearms at the time of the killings.

There was no immediate indication of a motive for the murders. But a police spokesman confirmed reports that Iskandar had attended to a theft complaint filed by the elder Tan in November last year, after which the sergeant was reassigned to another position.