Nordea Singapore Employee Charged for 5-Year-Old Son's Murder

  • Father didn't enter plea, remanded for psychiatric observation
  • Son found dead in apartment bedroom on Tuesday, police say

Philippe Graffart, head of Asia Pacific fund distribution at Nordea Investment Management in Singapore, was charged in a Singapore court on Wednesday for the murder of his five-year-old son.

Graffart, 41, will be remanded for psychiatric observation. He didn’t enter a plea and his next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28. He wasn’t represented by a lawyer. If convicted, he may face the death penalty.

Singapore Police said on Tuesday an injured man was found outside a police center at 5:11 a.m. After preliminary inquiries, officers went to an apartment unit, where the man’s son was found lying motionless in a bedroom, according to a statement on the Singapore Police Force website. Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at 6:17 a.m.

Magnus Nelin, a spokesman for Stockholm-based Nordea, confirmed in an e-mailed response to queries that Graffart is employed by the bank.

“We are aware of this very tragic event and our thoughts go out to the family,” Nelin said. “We can’t comment further at this stage. We have to wait for the ongoing investigation and the court’s ruling.”

The case is Prosecutor v Graffart Philippe Marcel Guy, Singapore State Courts.

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