Friday, 3 December 2021

Indian-origin faces life term for attempt to muder

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An Indian national faces life or 20 years in prison with possible caning for attempted murder of a student nurse who had spurned his advances.

The 34-year-old man, whose name has been redacted from court documents, denied he had any intention to kill her in December 2013 but claimed he had taken a knife with him to meet her as he intended to commit suicide in front of her, according to a media report.

But he could not recall what had happened when he stabbed her at the void deck of an apartment block where the student nurse lived.

Justice Woo Bih Li found that the accused had intended to kill the victim, who was 20 at the time, pointing to her testimony, the accused’s statements to the police, and the way he had “repeatedly, relentlessly and forcefully” attacked her.

He will be sentenced on a later date. He faces life imprisonment or up to 20 years in prison, and possible caning or a fine.

The man got to know the student nurse in February 2013, while she was attached to the hospital where he worked as a healthcare assistant.

The judge noted the accused had told the police after his arrest that he wanted to kill the victim because she cheated on him.

The number and nature of the injuries, as well as the way the accused had attacked the victim, reinforced his view that the man had intended to kill her, the judge said.

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