5-year-old boy found dead in D'Leedon Condo

5-year-old boy found dead in D'Leedon Condo
Belgian Philippe Graffart (left) has been charged with the murder of his 5-year-old son.
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

UPDATE: Police have charged a 41-year-old man for murder after a 5-year-old boy was found dead in D'Leedon Condominium on Tuesday morning. Philippe Graffart appeared in court on Wednesday morning. No plea was taken and he will be remanded for three weeks at Changi Medical Centre for psychiatric observation.

The case will be heard again on Oct 28.

According to The Straits Times, the boy's name is Keryan and his father is Philippe Graffart from Belgium.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that Keryan is believed to have been strangled to death.

A domestic helper living in a unit on a different floor said she had heard people arguing in the unit a week ago.

The woman told Wanbao that Graffart seemed to dote on his son, and the duo were often seen in the condominium pool together. Posts on his Facebook page also showed a close relationship, and that the boy had just celebrated his birthday in September.

In one photo posted by Graffart, the boy can be seen in his school uniform. Graffart said in the caption: "I am very proud of you Keryan, you are a big boy now".

He wished his son happy birthday in another photo uploaded on September 25. The photo shows Keryan playing with another child, both of them donning party hats.

Shin Min Daily News reported spotting a woman being escorted into the condominium by police officers. She had a look of anguish and the paper's reporter said she is believed to be the boy's mother.

Graffart had rented the condominium unit from a couple just this year.

He is listed as an employee of Nordea Investment Management on his LinkedIn profile.

ljessica@sph.com.sg


 

SINGAPORE - A five-year-old boy was found dead in D'Leedon Condominium along Farrer Road on Tuesday morning (Oct 6), police said in a press statement.

Police added that an injured man was found outside Bukit Timah Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) at 5.11am in the morning. The 42-year-old man was sent to the hospital for medical treatment.

Upon questioning the man, police proceeded to a unit at Block 3 of the condominium, where the injured man's son was found lying motionless inside the bedroom.

Police said that the boy was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene at about 6.17am.

According to The Straits Times, both the man and child are believed to be European. The case is believed to have occurred in a unit on the 32nd storey.

The Straits Times added that at about 9am, a woman in her early 40s was seen at the foot of block looking distraught. She walked to the security guard post at the condominium entrance before she was escorted away by security officers.

Police have classified the case an an unnatural death.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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