SINGAPORE – An old man suspected of killing his adult daughter in a Housing Board flat in Bedok was brought to trial on Tuesday (November 20).
Tan Tian Chye, 64, was accused of killing Ms. Desiree Tan Jiaping, 35, in the eighth story unit at Block 171 Bedok South Road.
Court documents do not reveal details about his injuries or if a weapon was used to kill him.
The motive behind the murder was also not revealed in court on Tuesday.
In a statement, police said they had received a call about the incident at around 3:40 a.m. on Monday. When the officers arrived at the unit, they found Ms. Tan lying still inside the flat.
He was pronounced dead around 20:20 by the Singapore Civil Defense Forces paramedic.
The police then surrounded a ladder that landed on the nine-block floor but it was unclear whether any incrimination was found.
The clerk was still in the block at around 7:00 pm on Monday, a neighbor, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Ng, told The New Paper.
The 52-year-old administrative assistant said Tan was a private car driver who lived in a flat with his wife, a teacher.
On the day of the incident, Mrs. Ng said she saw Tan's wife looking depressed at the foot of the block.
He also found at least five police cars, a police car and ambulance around him.
Even though they were not close, Mrs. Ng told TNP that she would greet the family every time they met.
He said in Chinese: "Usually, he is cheerful and always teases my daughter."
In court on Tuesday, Tan looked at the floor when a Chinese translator read allegations to him.
He is now fired at the Changi Prison Complex Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.
This case has been postponed until December 10.
If he is convicted of murder, he can face the death penalty.