November 29, 2014 1:06:26 am
An Indian national in Singapore was Friday sentenced to receive three strokes of the cane in addition to an earlier 25-month jail term for his involvement in Little India riots last December, the country’s worst street violence in 40 years.
42-year-old Samiyappan Sellathurai, who was sentenced to 25 months imprisonment on August 14 for his involvement in the riots, would be caned for he had also instigated the crowd, media reports said.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Sellakumaran Sellamuthoo told the High Court before Justice Chan Seng Onn that Samiyappan’s imprisonment term was “manifestly inadequate”, given he had not only participated in the riots but also instigated the crowd.
“The respondent instigated others to help him remove a concrete slab that was used to pave the ground. He had tried to do so on his own, but failed as the slab was heavy and stuck to the ground.
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“After the crowd joined in — in response to the respondent’s instigation — the concrete slab was dislodged…Between 10.09 and 10.19 pm, the respondent threw a total of eight pieces of concrete in the direction of public vehicles and public servants.
“The crowd, which prior to this was non-violent, followed the respondent’s lead and started to dislodge other concrete slabs, break them and used them as projectiles,” Today newspaper quoted the DPP as having said.
Before meting out the sentence, Justice Chan said that Samiyappan was “considered lucky” that the prosecution had not appealed for a longer prison term.
A total of 25 individuals have been charged in court since for their respective roles and involvement in the riot in Little India.
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