Twin Indian brothers sentenced to jail in Singapore

A Singaporean court has sentenced twin Indian-origin brothers for five months in jail and three strokes of cane for attacking a compatriot at a dormitory.

The twin brothers, Lakshmanan and Raman Pothiyappan, 24, had caused grievous injury to their fellow countryman and colleague, Thevvan Velayutham,41. Both attacked  Thevvan at a Shaw Road dormitory located near Upper Paya Lebar Road on October 19 last year. The hapless victim was sitting in front porch of the dormitory when the twin brothers started punching and kicking him. Lakshmanan was drunk before the attack and he also threw chair at Thevvan which struck his head and body.

Twin Indian-origin brothers have been sentenced for five months in jail and three strokes of cane for attacking a compatriot in Singapore.
Twin Indian-origin brothers have been sentenced for five months in jail and three strokes of cane for attacking a compatriot in Singapore. Photo courtesy: knack.be

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi, said, “Raman had informed that the victim and Lakshmanan were not on good terms, and that he had joined in the assault to support his brother.”

The victim Thevvan was later taken to Changi General Hospital, where he was found to have injuries, including a broken nose and a fracture near an eye.

Soh told District Judge Samuel Chua that the victim has since fully recovered from his injuries. She urged the judge to sentence the brothers, who were unrepresented, to at least five months’ jail with caning.

Before giving the sentence, Judge Chua told the brothers, “The injuries were severe… Such offences will not be tolerated in Singapore.” For causing grievous hurt, each attacker could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined or caned.

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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