Bel­gian who killed son spared death penalty

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A BEL­GIAN man who ad­mit­ted killing his five-year-old son in Sin­ga­pore was spared from ex­e­cu­tion by hang­ing yes­ter­day, after plead­ing guilty to a re­duced charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

Philippe Graf­fart now faces up to 10 years in jail, a fine, can­ing, or any com­bi­na­tion of the three penal­ties when he is sen­tenced on Aug 22.

The 42-year-old was orig­i­nally charged with mur­der, a cap­i­tal of­fence, but was found by a gov­ern­ment psychiatrist to be suf­fer­ing from a “ma­jor de­pres­sive dis­or­der”.

Graf­fart’s son was found dead in his up­mar­ket apart­ment in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The for­mer fi­nan­cial ex­ec­u­tive ad­mit­ted giv­ing the boy, named Keryan, a seda­tive then smoth­er­ing him with a cush­ion.

Graf­fart was ar­rested when he turned up in­jured in a po­lice sta­tion

after de­lib­er­ately crash­ing his car in a failed sui­cide at­tempt.

Graf­fart was fight­ing for the boy’s cus­tody with his es­tranged French wife at the time.

The fam­ily moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2013, but the cou­ple’s mar­riage broke down the fol­low­ing year. –

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