Death of Felicia Teo: lawyers ask her friend to obtain a full acquittal on the murder charge

SINGAPORE – Lawyers for a man originally charged with the 2007 murder of Ms Felicia Teo filed an appeal on Friday (July 8th) for him to be fully acquitted of his murder charge.

If granted, Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee cannot be charged again for the same offence.

The 37-year-old is represented by attorneys Shashi Nathan, Tania Chin and Laura Yeo of Withers KhattarWong.

He was charged in December 2020 with the murder of Ms Teo in a Marine Terrace apartment on June 30, 2007. She was 19 and a student at Lasalle College of the Arts.

Ahmad, who is free on $20,000 bail, allegedly committed the offense with an Indonesian identified as Mr. Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, then 18 years old.

The two men are said to be former classmates of Ms. Teo.

This is the second attempt by Ahmad’s legal team to have the murder charge dropped on his head.

Mr Nathan had urged the court last month to grant Ahmad a full acquittal. But the court disagreed, granting a discharge not tantamount to an acquittal.

This means Ahmad can be charged with murder later if evidence comes to light.

Mr. Ragil is still at large, but the Indonesian authorities are trying to trace him.

Ahmad currently faces six charges. Mr. Ragil is named in each of them.

The couple are accused of illegally dumping Ms Teo’s corpse at Punggol Track 24 on or around June 30, 2007.

Authorities later found a skull fragment at the scene.

The two men are also accused of having misappropriated some of his property such as his mobile phone.

They also allegedly intentionally failed to provide authorities with information about Ms Teo’s sudden or unnatural death, when they were legally required to do so.

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