Indian worker in Singapore gets three years in jail for assault with a chopper

In an assault case, a 20-year-old Indian worker was today sentenced to more than three years in jail and six strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to grievously hurting a compatriot following a quarrel in Singapore.

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​Arunachalam Manikandan, a construction worker, was unhappy with his dormitory mate, Ganesan Arunprakash who had told him to clean up his own vomit at the premises, The Straits Times reported. The two men quarrelled around March 21 when Arunachalam refused to do so.

Their supervisor, who heard the commotion, intervened and told Arunachalam to clean up his vomit as well. An angry and drunk Anunachalam retrieved a chopper with a 19.5cm-long blade to attack 21-year old Ganesan, who was lying on his own bed.

"At that time, the lights in the room were turned off," Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Nim said.

"Without warning, the accused aimed at the victim's neck and began slashing and chopping him continuously with the chopper."

Ganesan was taken to the National University Hospital with wounds on his neck and chest. Nim said that one wound, in particular, was near his windpipe and he could have died without surgical intervention.

Ganesan was discharged the next day and was given hospitalisation leave until April 7. The court was told that the two men had clashed with each other in the past.

Lawyer Sujatha Selvakumar, who was assigned to represent Arunachalam under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, urged District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim to sentence her client to a maximum of 2 years 6 months jail.

She said that a now-remorseful Arunachalam had "reacted in youthful folly".

For causing grievous hurt with the chopper, he could have been jailed for up to 15 years and fined or caned.

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Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Senior Writer

Tushaar has five years experience as a journalist in founding two start-up newspapers. He worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. He enjoys reading and writing fiction in his spare time.

 

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