This photograph made available by The New Paper on December 9, 2013 shows rioters on a rampage in Singapore's Little India district late on December 8.-AFP/New Paper/ Jonathan Choo
The first man to plead guilty to rioting during last December’s unrest in Little India was sentenced to 30 months in jail and three strokes of the cane.
Ramalingam Sakthivel, 33, was also sentenced to 27 months’ jail for causing mischief by fire, after the court had earlier seen CCTV evidence that showed he had attempted to set a private bus on fire. The sentences are to run concurrently, and to be backdated to his remand date of Dec 8.
The court had earlier heard that Ramalingam had pelted police officers and vehicles with projectiles, smashed the windscreen of a police vehicle with a wooden pole, and helped flip a police car.
He had also attacked an ambulance with a pole while Home Team officers were inside the Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicle.
“The accused was no meek follower – he rallied others to join him and pursued a course of conduct that showed him to be unfazed of the risk to his own life and limb,” said Deputy Presiding Judge Jennifer Marie, who pointed out that Ramalingam had displayed “open hostility” against law enforcement officers.
“The audacious acts of violence by the accused reflected his contempt for authority, and law and order.” — The Straits Times / Asia News Network