Singapore

Kovan murder victim identified

Tan Boon Sin, the father who was killed in the Kovan double murder on July 10, 2013.
Photo: David Ngiau
Tan Boon Sin's workshop at Autobay@Kaki Bukit, Soc Leon Motor Works, on July 11, 2013. Photo: David Ngiau
Shop foreman Ah Xiong, 55, speaks to TODAY about Tan Boon Sin on July 11, 2013. Tan is the father killed in the Kovan double murder on July 10, 2013. Photo: David Ngiau
67-year-old victim is Tan Boon Sin, who worked at the Soc Leon Motor Works at Autobay@Kaki Bukit
Published: 2:28 PM, July 11, 2013
Updated: 4:25 PM, July 11, 2013

SINGAPORE — The 67-year-old victim in the suspected double murder at Kovan yesterday (July 10) has been identified as Tan Boon Sin, the owner of a car workshop at the Autobay @ Kaki Bukit centre on Kaki Bukit Ave 6.

The mood was sombre at the Soc Leon Motor Works when TODAY visited this afternoon (July 11).

A tearful foreman, Ah Xiong, spoke fondly of Tan and his three children.

“He was a happy-go-lucky man, he never quarrelled with anyone,” the 55-year-old told TODAY, while wiping away tears.

Urging the public to "refrain from making unfounded speculations as this may cause undue alarm and additional distress to the loved ones of the deceased persons", the police said in a statement that the two murders "are assessed to pose little risk to general public safety".

"Police investigators are examining all available evidence, including witnesses’ accounts. As Police investigations are ongoing, we are unable to comment further for operational reasons,” said the police.

Earlier this afternoon, the police said that they have classified the case as Murder, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which carries the death penalty.

The police said they received a call for assistance regarding an accident between a car and pedestrian at 3.41pm on July 10.

"Upon Police’s arrival, a 42-year-old male was pronounced dead by paramedics at 3.53pm. Police investigation at the scene led to the discovery of the body of a 67-year-old male in the vicinity and he was pronounced dead at 4.51pm," said the police.

Following Police’s appeal for information, the car involved has been recovered.

Police Investigations are ongoing.