Indian man jailed for robbing jeweller in Singapore

An Indian has been jailed in Singapore for robbing a jeweller of cash and valuables amounting to USD31,910.

Srinath Bari Ramdeo Bari (53) and his two accomplices attacked the victim, jeweller Yelchur Sreenivas (51) near Towner Road while the latter was returning home on May 25 last year. They repeatedly attacked Sreenivas with a wooden pole and robbed him of cash and valuables

Srinath has been sentenced to jail for four years and 20 weeks for robbing a jeweller in Singapore.
Srinath has been sentenced to jail for four years and 20 weeks for robbing a jeweller in Singapore. Photo courtesy: inquisitr

In the court, Srinath also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report for a urine test (for drug checks) and was given a six-month jail term on each charge. A fourth charge of failing to report for his test was considered during his sentencing, it said

Considering the age of Srinath, who is above 50 and cannot be caned, he was given an additional jail term of 20 weeks in lieu of mandatory 12 strokes of the cane

District Judge Jasvender Kaur ordered the sentence for the robbery and one of the urine tests to run consecutively, making a total of four years and 20 weeks in jail, it said.

The robbery’s mastermind Venkatachalapathy (48) was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane on November 2. The third accomplice, Hassan, 36, who goes by one name, has claimed trial.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zulhafni Zulkeflee said Venkatachalapathy knew the victim was involved in the jewellery business and roped in Srinath and Hassan for the robbery.

The victim Yelchur was carrying a haversack containing cash and jewellery samples while walking along Towner road at midnight. The three men attacked him and robbed him of the  cash and jewellery.


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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