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

'MURDER': A police hearse at D'Leedon condominium along Leedon Heights yesterday morning where a five-year-old boy was found dead. He is believed to have been strangled and had hand-shaped bruises all over his neck. Police have classified the case as murder.


    Oct 07, 2015

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

    A N HOUR after a 42-year-old man appeared outside Bukit Timah neighbourhood police centre with injuries yesterday, his five-year-old son was found dead in a unit at D'Leedon condominium about 2km away.

    Police have classified the case as murder and have arrested the man.

    The Straits Times understands that the boy, Keryan, had been strangled and hand-shaped bruises were found all over his neck.

    His father, Belgian Philippe Graffart, is an executive director of Nordea Investment Management's fund distribution in Asia Pacific and is believed to be in the midst of an ugly custody battle with his wife.

    A photo posted on Facebook on Aug 28 shows Mr Graffart embracing Keryan at the Canadian International School. The boy, who was dressed in the school's uniform, was pictured beaming widely. Mr Graffart wrote: "I am very proud of you Keryan, you are a big boy now."

    Another Facebook photo and video taken by Mr Graffart also shows his son celebrating his fifth birthday two weeks ago, playing with balloons and blowing out candles on his birthday cake.

    Several Facebook posts, dated two months ago, show the father and son on outings together here and overseas, including a visit to a fire station.

    Yesterday morning at 5.11am, police found an injured Mr Graffart outside the police centre, although it is unclear what his injuries were.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the case at 5.15am and Mr Graffart was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for medical treatment.

    Police officers proceeded to the 32nd-storey unit at Block 3, where the boy was found lying motionless inside the bedroom. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 6.17am.

    When The Straits Times arrived at the scene at about 9am, a woman in her early 40s, believed to be a relative of the family, was seen at the foot of the block looking distraught.

    She walked to the security guard post at the condominium entrance before being escorted away by security officers.

    From early morning until noon, several police officers and at least five police vehicles were seen leaving and entering the compound.

    However, many residents, who started moving into the luxurious district 10 condominium along Leedon Heights only from January this year, went about their daily activities unaware of what had happened.

    A police hearse arrived at the scene at about 11am and left around 15 minutes later. Several consular officers were also present, although the Belgian Embassy has declined to comment on the case.

    In October last year, D'Leedon's developer CapitaLand Group organised a grand party for some 4,000 homebuyers to celebrate the completion of the project.

    Purchasing a unit in D'Leedon can cost up to $2 million, while renting can cost around $6,000 a month.

    The condominium comprises 1,715 residential units, including 12 villas and eight retail shops.