Twins found dead in Greenridge Crescent canal: New lawyers for dad accused of murder

Jessie Lim
The Straits Times
Nov 29, 2022

The father of the 11-year-old twin boys who were found dead in a canal in Upper Bukit Timah has hired new lawyers to represent him.

Xavier Yap Jung Houn, 48, is accused of murdering Aston Yap Kai Shern and Ethan Yap E Chern on Jan 21 between 4.23pm and 6.18pm at the covered canal located at Greenridge Crescent playground.

The accused’s new lawyers are Mr Patrick Nai, Mr Choo Si Sen and Ms Choo Yean Lin from Tan Lee & Partners, and Mr Muhammad Razeen Sayed Majunoon from Advance Law.

Yap was previously represented by Mr Anil Singh Sandhu of Kertar & Sandhu. When asked, Ms Choo said Yap did not say why he appointed new lawyers.

The police said in an earlier statement that Yap had called them for help from the Greenridge Crescent playground at 6.25pm on Jan 21.

Aston and Ethan were later found lying motionless in the nearby canal. They were pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

The twins are believed to have had special needs and attended a school in the Eng Kong estate area.

Yap’s next court appearance is expected to be on Feb 28, 2023.

He faces the death penalty if convicted of murder.

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