Father charged with son's murder

A 41-year-old financial professional was on Wednesday (Oct 7) charged with the murder of his son. 

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart, who works in the finance industry, is accused of killing his son, Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart, 5. 

Philippe Graffart, a Belgian, allegedly committed the act between 8.55pm on Monday (Oct 5) and 5.40am on Tuesday (Oct 6) at his 32nd storey home at 3 Leedon Heights. 

No plea was taken from him and he will be remanded at the Changi Medical Centre for psychiatric evaluation. 

Dressed in a black v-neck T-shirt, he looked around the courtroom as the charge was read to him. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 8.
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Two men accused of match fixing face more charges

ACCUSED: Rajendar Prasad Rai faces a further two charges of alleged match fixing.

A 22-year-old Singaporean faces two more charges of corruption for his alleged match-fixing involvement in three European club friendlies played in Antalya, Turkey.

Shree Manish Kalra Jeetender Kumar Kalra was first charged last week for allegedly handing over 25,000 euros (S$39,800) to three Macedonian men to fix the result of a match played between SC Charleroi and VVV Venlo in January 2013.

On Monday, Manish was further accused of allegedly paying 15,000 euros and 27,000 euros to the same Macedonians.

The three matches played between Jan 11 and Feb 3, 2013, were SC Charleroi versus VVV Venlo, Steaua Bucharest versus Dinamo Moscow, and finally Sturm Graz versus Steaua Bucharest.

Businessman Rajendar Prasad Rai, 42, was accused of allegedly commissioning Manish to carry out the act when Rai was first charged on Sept 28.

Two fresh charges were also added on Monday to Rai's two previous offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

Rai was released after posting $300,000 bail on the same day.

Aside from the three charges of instigating Manish to hand cash over to the Macedonians, Rai and Singaporean Francis Donahue Marcel, 29, each stand accused of bribing local footballers in the StarHub League Cup.

The pair were charged on Sept 28 for allegedly offering $3,000 each to three to four footballers from Singapore Recreation Club to fix the outcome of a match the club had played against Balestier Khalsa on July 19, 2014.

If the trio are found guilty under the PCA, they can each be jailed up to five years and fined up to $100,000, or both.

Sexy little hideaway

Roast Jerusalem artichoke & manchego

Maggie Joan's is literally a hole in the wall.

It has a small door, with a discreet signboard, and is situated in a back alley behind Amoy Street.

Getting there is an adventure so make sure you get directions before you set off. On Club Street, look for Gemmill Lane. That should take you there, fingers crossed.

Maggie Joan's is created by the father-son duo of Glen and Daniel Ballis from Moosehead, and named after Daniel's grandmothers.

Like Moosehead, the food is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. But in terms of decor, Maggie Joan's is the sexier, more sophisticated sibling.

The food here - the kitchen is helmed by Oliver Hyde, formerly of Pollen - is simple but confident and gorgeously plated.

It's also dark inside, perfect for a romantic date.


My favourite dish is the roast Jerusalem artichoke & manchego ($8). The textures are lovely and the earthy flavours are seductive and delicious.


The prettiest dish is the scallop carpaccio, peas & ham ($21) and it's one of the tastiest too. The pea puree is delicious and compliments the fresh scallops.


The one-bite egg, dukkah & saffron mayo ($6) is pretty but didn't leave an impression.


The grilled Iberico pork jowl, prunes & cauliflower ($34) is another pleasing dish. The pork is cooked in a sous vide style for 12 hours, so you can imagine how tender it is.


The lemon orange glaze brushed onto the yellowtail sashimi, carrots & brandade ($23) transforms the dish by brightening it up with a touch of crisp.

WHAT Maggie Joan's Dining & Bar

WHERE 110, Amoy Street (Entrance from Gemmill Lane)

WHEN Weekdays: Noon to 2.30pm, 6pm to 11pm, Saturday: 6pm to 11pm

CALL 6221-5564

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Teacher-coach Seah is River Valley High's pride

River Valley's Seah wins on and off the court

Seah Klam Meng

While he pushes his students to strive for success on court, it is not just about winning for Seah Kiam Meng.

The River Valley High School badminton coach also preaches personal responsibility, as he sets out to mould the right kind of youngsters.

It is why his players have to sweep floors.

"We tell them the badminton hall is their second home. They have a responsibility to take care of the facility. They clean up before a game, and after training," said the Physical Education teacher.

For the 47-year-old, who has been nominated for The New Paper's S Soocelaraj Award for teacher-coaches, the values learned through sports will stay with a person forever.

When he was at Jurong Junior College, Seah even paid for one of his shuttlers to go China for an Overseas Service Learning Programme.

"I was thinking: 'she would be able to contribute but cannot afford it'. I can afford it, so why not I pay for her, she can go there and help," he said.

That was more than five years ago, but the student remembered and recently invited Seah to her wedding.

While he keeps in contact with ex-students, it is the current batch of players that brings a smile to his face when asked about his proudest moment as a teacher-coach.

In particular, singles player Lee Shu En, who told Seah she was losing interest in the sport earlier this year, ended up winning a match in the national finals.


The 18-year-old felt she had performed badly last season and was also overwhelmed with the upcoming A level examinations but, with Seah's encouragement, she decided to buckle down in training.

"She played very well. After the game, she said, 'Mr Seah I made it'. That actually made my day," said the proud teacher-coach.

Seah led River Valley's A Division Girls team to the school's first National Championship in badminton this year.

Last year, the team finished second to Raffles Junior College and the girls then told their teacher they would work hard to fulfil his dream of winning it all this year.

They did just that, beating champions RJC in the quarter-finals and eventually overcoming Hwa Chong Institute in the final to take gold.

To celebrate, Seah and a fellow teacher treated the team to a Japanese buffet dinner.

Such gatherings are not uncommon for the team. Apart from "mini-meetings" with players to assess their performance, the badminton teachers organise camps and an annual barbecue, where parents are invited.

"That's how we get them to gel, and to talk," said Seah.

For the girls, the badminton hall is a second home and Seah is a father figure.

Clariis Woon, 17, summed it up when she said: "If any of us has problems, he's the easiest to approach.

"He doesn't question your opinions and he listens."

If any of us has problems he’s the easiest to approach. He doesn’t question your opinions and he listens.

— River Valley shuttler Clariis Woon, on teacher-coach Seah Kiam Meng

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Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and Lorde rule the roost with their stirring music videos.



The British pop singer's latest MV plays out like an absurdist comedy. Yet, the scenarios are somehow believable.

Set in Las Vegas, it features Goulding being scolded incessantly by her awful lover, a casino owner. Hellbent on revenge, she teams up with a gal pal and the duo ride into his casino on horses, armed with rifles. They proceed to tie him up and rob him. Talk about turning the tables.



Who would have thought a Selena Gomez video could be introspective and thoughtful?

Same Old Love features the US singer being chauffeured to her concert venue. As the car cruises down the streets at night, she witnesses scenes of heartbreak - a harried single mum crying, a frustrated man yelling, a couple separating after a passionate kiss. Gomez looks pensive throughout her journey, but when she reaches her destination, she lights up the stage in a gorgeous cleavage-baring black dress. All in a day's work for a superstar, I guess.



This is a great example of how a powerful MV can help elevate a mediocre song. And English electronic music duo Disclosure did the right thing by engaging Lorde's services.

Magnets, which has a blah melody line, sees the New Zealand It girl playing a sexy, dangerous femme fatale. She has a torrid affair with a married man and in a twist of sorts, joins forces with the man's estranged spouse to set him ablaze in a swimming pool. Sporting dark red lipstick, Lorde looks surprisingly mature and smouldering for an 18-year-old. 

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