Tan Nam Seng, who allegedly stabbed his 38 year-old son-in-law, Mr Spencer Tuppani, to death at an eatery along Boon Tat Street will face the death penalty if he is convicted of his charges in court.

He has been remanded till his next appearance in court on 19 July. Lawyers for Mr Tan’s family said that the family have been denied permission to see the accused even though they had told the authorities about his “chronic medical conditions”.

The family has also issued calls for the media to stop harassing their family through their lawyers.

The daughter of the accused, Ms Tan Cheng Cheng, wrote: “This is a double tragedy for the family. I hope the media will stop the narrative and let the police conduct its investigations. We cannot say anything to you now. Please respect our privacy and do not stay outside our home.

“Our family has lost a loved one and my beloved father is facing a serious charge. You cannot imagine our immense grief but please try to understand and let us have some peace.”

The family members of the deceased Mr Tuppani, on the other hand, have strongly condemned the accused Mr Tan. They claim that the family dispute had been ongoing for some time and that Mr Tan had planned to kill Mr Tuppani in cold blood. They warned that they would seek to right the injustice suffered by Mr Tuppani, adding that Mr Tan had no right to murder Mr Tuppani regardless of their disagreements.

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