Coroner's inquiry into death of Changi inmate will not be reopened: AGC
The coroner's inquiry into the death of an inmate in Changi Prison three years ago will not be reopened, said the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) on Thursday.
In a letter addressed to lawyer M. Ravi of LF Violet Netto, who represents the deceased's family, the AGC said there were "no new matters raised" since the inquiry was halted that warranted further investigations, or a reopening of the inquiry. AGC added that the cause of, and circumstances connected to, the death of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah, 21, have already been placed before the court in the criminal proceedings of senior prison officer Lim Kwo Yin, 36. An inquiry began, but was discontinued after Lim had pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 for causing death by negligence.
Dinesh, who was convicted of rioting and theft, had kicked a warden in his abdomen in an unprovoked attack on Sept 27, 2010. It took eight officers - including Lim, who was the supervising officer - half an hour to restrain him.
Dinesh was eventually put on the ground with his head to the side, in an isolation cell. He was left in the prone position, thereby restricting the respiratory movements of his chest and abdomen.