SINGAPORE — A man who was charged with murdering his two-year-old daughter in a Chin Swee Road flat in 2014 was ordered on Tuesday (24 September) to be remanded for three weeks for psychiatric observation.
The 31-year-old man, whose 30-year-old wife is facing the same murder charge, has several drug charges and one count of rioting pending in court.
The couple cannot be named due to a court gag order. They were charged on 17 September with murdering the toddler in their flat at Block 52 Chin Swee Road in March 2014.
On Tuesday, the prosecution applied to have the man, who appeared via video link, remanded in Complex Medical Centre in Changi Prison for psychiatric assessment. His case will be heard again on 15 October.
The woman is currently serving her sentence of five years and two months’ jail on drug charges and theft, which was imposed on 9 September. She did not appear in court on Tuesday and will return to court on 1 October.
Local media previously reported that human remains were found in a metal pot in the one-room rental flat following complaints of a foul smell by neighbours. Police officers responded to a call for assistance on 10 September and took away items including the pot.
If convicted of murder, the couple may face the death penalty or be jailed for life and caned.