SINGAPORE: A court in Singapore on Friday gave an additional three strokes of the cane to an Indian national for inciting others to damage public property in last year’s riot here.
An Indian gets 3 strokes of cane for Singapore riot case
Indian national Samiyappan Sellathurai, who was already given 25 months of jail term for inciting others to damage public property in the Little India riots in December last year, was given an additional three strokes of the cane, Straits Times reported.
Prosecutors had appealed for the 42-year-old to be given caning on top of his jail term.
Allowing the appeal, judge Chan Seng Onn said Samiyappan played the roles of both instigator and active participant.
He said vandalism was involved as there was destruction of public property. If Samiyappan had been charged with vandalism, he would have been caned, explained the judge.
Bystanders gather on the corner of a street in Little India on December 9, 2013, following a day of rioting in the Little India area of Singapore. (Getty Images photo)