9 New Facts About the Twin Boys Murder Found in Upper Bukit Timah Canal

Yesterday (22 January), it was reported that two boys were found dead in a Upper Bukit Timah playground on 21 January. The news shook the nation, and the Member of Parliament in that area, Ms Sim Ann, urged members of the public to refrain from speculations.

Less than 24 hours later, there are now more updates about the case.

What Was Known on 22 January

It appears that some information reported yesterday wasn’t entirely accurate.

It was reported that the two boys, both 11 years old, were found in a playground along Greenridge Crescent, an estate at Upper Bukit Timah that is relatively close to Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

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It’s now confirmed that their bodies were found in a canal near the playground instead.

Image: Google Maps

Who Are the Boys?

The two boys, Ethan and Ashton Yap, are twins. They were said to have special needs and are believed to be students of a school in the Eng Kong estate area, which is near where their bodies were found.

According to a friend of the boys’ mother, the boys had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

The Family

The area where the bodies were found is a residential area with landed properties, but that’s not where the boys live: they reportedly live about one kilometre away in a condominium instead.

Father Had Called The Police About the Bodies

You’d need to remember this point before moving on.

On 6:25pm on 21 January, it was their father who had alerted the police about the boys. Shortly after that, at 7pm, their mother drove to the scene in a Mercedes, but did not alight from the car. Instead, she remained in the car, and broke down when a friend spoke to her.

What Happened at the Scene

The playground there is usually quiet as mosquitoes often breed there, and parents are also unlikely to bring their kids there to the nearby canal (where the boys are found).

According to an eyewitnesses, she had heard screams at the area from the park on 21 January but dismissed it as children playing.

In addition, they also noticed an orange car that was eventually towed away by the police. Being a private neighbhourhood, it’s common for them to know what cars are parked in the area, and that orange car was never seen in the area before.

It’s still unknown how the car is related to the case.

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Alert Messages Sent to Taxi Drivers

That night, an alert message was sent to taxi drivers to keep a lookout for a male of an unknown race aged between 30 to 40 years old. He was allegedly last seen at 3:00pm at Greenridge Crescent.

Image: Facebook (Singapore Taxi Driver)

Given that, it’s safe to assume that the man is the suspect in the case, right?

Well, yes and maybe no.

Police Arrested The Father Instead

Late last night, the police confirmed that they’ve arrested a 48-year-old man for his suspected involvement in the death of his two 11-year-old sons—in other words, the father himself.

If you’ve remembered, it was him who had alerted the police about the boys, and the police had been on a manhunt for a certain man “between 30 to 40 years old”.

According the police, on 21 January 2022 at about 6.25pm, they received a call for assistance by the man at a playground along Greenridge Crescent. When Police officers arrived at the scene, the man’s two 11-year-old sons were found lying motionless in the vicinity of the playground and were pronounced dead at scene by a paramedic.

The Police followed up on all possible leads and conducted round-the-clock investigations, which eventually led to the arrest of the man.

Family Friend Taking Care of Funeral Arrangements

With the father arrested, a family friend is reportedly going to help out in the funeral arrangements for the children.

It’s unknown why the mother wasn’t mentioned.

The family friend, who had gone to the canal to place offerings and pray for the boys a day after they were found, also appealed for the public to give the family peace.

Father to be Charged Tomorrow (24 Jan) With More Details to Follow

The police added that the father will be charged in court on 24 January 2022 with murder under Section 302(1) of the Penal Code 1871. The offence of murder carries the death penalty.

In the meantime, police investigations are still ongoing.

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