Three Malaysians were spared from facing murder charges for beating a Malaysian cleaner up and were jailed for causing grievous hurt instead. They were each sentenced to four years’ jail and six strokes of the cane today (Sep 15).
Security guard Kirubakaran Manikumaran, 22, odd-job labourer Thiagu Muniandy, 23 and Sunder Rangasamy, 28, were in court yesterday to face their charges. The fourth attacker is Anathan Muniandy, 20, whose case will only be mentioned on Thursday (Sep 17). The five were drinking together in two coffeeshops before a quarrel broke out between Anathan and the deceased, S. Krisnan Value, 47. Kirubakaran hit the deceased in the face with his belt twice and the deceased rested his bloodied head on the table while the four continued drinking.
Anathan and Kirubakaran later apologised to the deceased and the five continued to have more drinks at the 11th floor of Pearl’s Centre. The deceased later rested on a mattress and had an argument with Kirubakaran again. The latter punched him in the face twice and the other 4 joined in to bash the deceased up and at one point using a dustbin to hit him.
After the assault ended, the deceased rested on the mattress while Kirubakaran stole his S$30 handphone and ATM card. The remaining four continued drinking and when they tried to wake him up, they found that Krisnan has died. Post-mortem report shows that the deceased suffered 63 external injuries and he died from crush injuries of his voice box at the neck.