48-year-old Xavier Yap Jung Houn, who is being accused of murdering his twin sons Aston Yap Kai Shern and Ethan Yap E Chern on 21 January, has hired new lawyers to represent him.
His new lawyers, Patrick Nai, Choo Si Sen and Choo Yean Lin from Tan Lee & Partners; and Muhammad Razeen Sayed Majunoon from Advance Law, will be replacing his previous lawyers Anil Singh Sandhu of Kertar & Sandhu.
He is expected to return to court on 28 February 2023 and faces the death penalty if convicted of murder.
Xavier Yap Jung Houn, 48 years old, was charged in court on 24 January with murder following the death of his two 11-year-old twin sons.
The two boys’ bodies were found in a canal near the playground along Greenridge Crescent, at Upper Bukit Timah.
Yap appeared in court 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 21 January from a man along Greenridge Crescent.
Police officers arrived and the man’s two 11-year-old sons were found lying motionless and subsequently pronounced dead by a paramedic.
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.