Belgian man accused of strangling his 5-year-old son in Singapore

2015-10-07 12:24
Philippe Graffart. (File, AFP)

Philippe Graffart. (File, AFP)

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Singapore - A Belgian financial executive was charged on Wednesday with murdering his five-year-old son in Singapore, an offence punishable by hanging.

Philippe Graffart, aged 41, was accused of killing his son Keryan at an upmarket condominium near Singapore's embassy row between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

He has been remanded for psychiatric observation at the medical complex in Changi Prison.

Local media reported the boy was found strangled, with hand-shaped bruises around his neck, and Graffart was believed to have been fighting for custody of his son with his former wife.

Graffart was arrested before dawn on Tuesday after showing up with self-inflicted wounds outside a police station, the Straits Times newspaper said. The charge sheet contained no further details.

The Belgian's account on business networking service LinkedIn described him as an executive director and head of fund distribution in the Asia-Pacific for Nordea Investment Management, based in Oslo.

A Facebook account in his name showed a collection of happy pictures with Keryan.

"Happy Birthday to you Keryan ! 5 years i am so proud of you !," said a post dated September 25.

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