SINGAPORE - Kovan double murder suspect Iskandar Rahmat was believed to have been in touch with one of his two victims - the late Mr Tan Boon Sin - on a regular basis since late last year.
A close relative of Mr Tan told The Straits Times on Sunday that Iskandar would call the 67-year-old car workshop owner to update him about a case of theft from his safe deposit box at the Certis Cisco building which he had reported to the police last November.
"He would call Boon Sin every few weeks to update him on the theft and reassure him that the investigation was going well, and that the matter would be resolved," said the relative, who wanted to be known as Mrs Tan.
But Iskandar, a police senior staff sergeant, was not the investigation officer (IO) of the case, even though he had handled the initial report made by Mr Tan.
The case had been passed on to another police officer who was already working on a series of similar cases reported earlier last year.
Iskandar has since been arrested over the alleged murder of Mr Tan and his son Tan Chee Heong, 42, at the older Mr Tan's Hillside Drive terrace house last Wednesday.
News of the brutal killings and arrest of the 14-year police force veteran in connection with the crime last week shocked the nation.
His arrest last Friday came after a 54-hour manhunt that ended after Malaysian police tracked him down at a Danga Bay restaurant across the Causeway in Johor Baru.
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