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FATHER CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER SONS FOUND DEAD IN UPPER BUKIT TIMAH

Xavier Yap Jung Houn, 48-years-old, was charged in court earlier today (24 January) with murder following the death of his two 11-year-old twin sons.

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The two boys’ bodies were found in a canal near the playground along Greenridge Crescent, at Upper Bukit Timah.

Yap appeared in court earlier today via a video link and his charges were then read out to him.

His lawyer, Mr Anil Singh Sandhu, said that the grieving family was still in mourning of the loss of the two young boys.

The police said on Saturday that they had received a call for help at about 6.25pm on Friday from a man along Greenridge Crescent.

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Police officers arrived and the man’s two 11-year-old sons were found lying motionless and subsequently pronounced dead by a paramedic.

According to The Straits Times, the two 11-year-old boys were identified as Ethan and Ashton Yap.

The death of the two boys sparked the deployment of the police’s Gurkha and K-9 units, as they conducted a search in the forests near Toh Tuk Road, in Upper Bukit Timah.

The police then followed up on all the possible leads and investigations were conducted around the clock, Yap was then subsequently arrested by the police.

The offence of murder carries the death penalty.

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Yap’s case has since been adjourned to 31 January.

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