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Little India Riot: Construction worker first to plead guilty to rioting

Published on Apr 30, 2014 12:06 PM
 
This ambulance was one of several vehicles which were set on fire during a riot that broke out along Race Course Road in Little India riot, on Dec 8, 2013. A construction worker pleaded guilty to rioting in Little India on Dec 8; he is the first among 25 men facing various charges relating to the fracas to admit to rioting. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A construction worker pleaded guilty to rioting in Little India on Dec 8; he is the first among 25 men facing various charges relating to the fracas to admit to rioting.

On Wednesday, Indian national Ramalingam Sakthivel, 33, also admitted to a second offence of causing mischief by fire. He is expected to be sentenced on May 8.

The 33-year-old is said to have pelted police officers and vehicles with projectiles, and threw burning items into a bus that was involved in the fatal road traffic accident that sparked the violence on Race Course Road last December.

Court documents also showed that he had tried to overturn a police car and hit an ambulance with a pole while Home Team officers were inside the Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicle.

 
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