Lawyer denies committing any wrongful act


  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Datuk Balwant Singh denied that he had committed any wrongful act in the killing of a despatch rider in Bangsar last June. 

In his statement of defence filed on Feb 14, Balwant Singh claimed that in the absence of any other reasonable means of preventing R. Gobala Krishnan, 33, from further attacking and assaulting him during an alleged confrontation in Bangsar, he (Balwant Singh) had shot the deceased in self defence. 

Balwant Singh, however, admitted that he did the act complained of but denied that he took the life of the deceased maliciously. 

Balwant Singh filed his statement of defence in reply to the RM5mil suit filed against him on Aug 30 last year by the deceased’s widow for negligence and wrongful act.  

A. Arokiam Mary, 29, who is unemployed, filed the suit against Balwant Singh on the grounds that he had committed a wrongful act by shooting her husband, Gobala with a .38 revolver. 

In her statement of claim, Arokiam Mary stated that Balwant Singh had failed to exercise a duty of care towards Gobala as he had a revolver with him at the time of the shooting. 

She also said Balwant Singh had also failed to take steps to avoid shooting Gobala.  

Arokiam Mary, among others is claiming a loss of income of RM2,000 which her husbandhad been giving her on a monthly basis before his death. 

On Aug 7 last year, Balwant Singh had pleaded not guilty at the High Court to a charge of murdering Gobala at Jalan Maarof, Bangsar at 4.30pm on June 7. 

He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction. The trial is ongoing.  

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