SINGAPORE - He was a model police officer who had regularly won commendations for his good work in the past.
But on Monday, Iskandar Rahmat, 34, was led into the courtroom in handcuffs to be charged with two counts of murder. If convicted, he will face the death penalty.
He shuffled to the dock at about 10am, with his hands restrained behind his back, and he scanned the packed gallery for familiar faces.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, he appeared calm when the charges were read out to him.
The 14-year police force veteran is accused of killing a man and his son at about 3.40pm last Wednesday. Both victims suffered slash wounds to their necks.
The father, 66-year-old Tan Boon Sin, a car workshop owner, was found dead at his Hillside Drive home off Upper Serangoon Road.
The body of his son, 42-year-old Tan Chee Heong, was found on the road outside Kovan MRT station. A car had dragged him face down for about 1km from his father's house.
Iskandar, a police senior staff sergeant, has been suspended from the force.
Following a 54-hour manhunt, Malaysian police arrested him on Friday night at Singgah Selalu restaurant at Danga Bay in Johor Baru.
He was handed over to the Singapore police the next day. Iskandar, who is married but is separated from his wife, is now remanded at the Central Police Division.
He will be back in court next Monday.
Shortly after he was led away, The New Paper spotted a petite bespectacled woman walking briskly out of the courtroom with tears pouring down her face.
A taller woman wearing a headscarf had an arm around her as they left the Subordinate Courts building.
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