SINGAPORE — A 35-year-old man who was last week charged for the murder of a 19-year-old student who went missing more than a decade ago appeared in court again on Thursday (24 December).
Singaporean Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee appeared at the State Courts via videolink from Central Police Division, where he is currently being remanded.
A team of lawyers led by Shashi Nathan has been hired by Ahmad’s family to represent him.
The police prosecutor requested that the suspect be further remanded for the purposes of investigation and to visit the crime scene(s) and recover evidence.
Ahmad’s lawyers did not object to the request. Shashi said he is in touch with the police investigator in charge of the case and will speak to his client once investigations are completed.
The case will be mentioned again on 31 December.
About the victim and suspects
The fate of the victim, Singaporean Felicia Teo Wei Ling, who went missing in 2007, was revealed last Thursday (17 December) when Ahmad was charged with murdering Teo with common intention with another man, 32-year-old Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana. Both men were reportedly the last people to see Teo alive.
According to Ahmad's charge, the murder took place between 1.39am and 7.20am on 30 June 2007 – the day of Teo’s disappearance – at a flat in Block 19 Marine Terrace. No details were given on how the crime was carried out.
The two men are also believed to have disposed of Teo’s body, which the police are currently still searching for. Ragil is not in Singapore and the police are attempting to locate him.
Ahmad, who goes by the name Danial Enemiko on his social media accounts, is listed as a Creative Manager at Razer a Singapore-founded electronics company, since April this year.
Ahmad’s LinkedIn page states that he studied at Lasalle College of the Arts - same as Teo - from 2000 to 2004. He specialised in Communication Design and Advertising there.
Case so far
According to a police press release, Teo was last seen on 30 June 2007 at Ragil’s flat along Marine Terrace. Past media reports said she visited the flat following a party at the LaSalle College of the Arts campus.
Ragil and Ahmad, who was also at the flat, both reportedly said that Teo left the home in a huff at around 2am after they complained about her mobile phone’s jarring ringtone.
The police said that officers interviewed Ragil and Ahmad after Teo was reported missing by her mother three days after her disappearance, on 3 July 2007. The men claimed that Teo had left the flat of her own volition and no incriminating evidence was found after a search of the flat.
While CCTV footage captured Teo entering a lift at Ragil’s block with two men to go up, it did not catch her leaving the 10th floor flat. Searches conducted by family and friends also turned up fruitless.
As the police did not find any evidence linking Ragil and Ahmad to Teo’s disappearance, the case was classified as a missing persons case and a police gazette was issued to locate her. A property gazette was also issued for properties believed to be in her possession when she was reported missing.
The police then carried out regular reviews of the case but no fresh leads turned up during checks of her bank accounts, social media accounts, travel records and e-mails, or from interviews with family members.
During the police’s most recent review in July this year, the case was referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) due to the length of time it had remained unresolved.
While tracing the properties believed to be in Teo’s possession, the CID managed to uncover new leads. Investigations also revealed that Teo had died before her mother lodged the police report.
Ahmad was arrested last Tuesday (15 December). If found guilty of his charge, he faces the death penalty.
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