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Little India riot: First man convicted for obstruction gets five months' jail

Published on Jun 23, 2014 10:30 AM
 
Riot police standing guard in Little India after a crowd of more than 400 people turned unruly on Dec 8, 2013. Indian national Mahalingam Thavamani was on Monday sentenced to five months' jail for obstructing a policeman on the night of the riot in Little India last December. -- ST PHOTO: FILE

SINGAPORE - Indian national Mahalingam Thavamani was on Monday sentenced to five months' jail for obstructing a policeman on the night of the riot in Little India last December.

Thavamani, 27, who was initially charged with rioting on Dec 8 last year, faced an amended charge of obstructing Deputy Superintendent of Police N. Subramaniam, for which he could have received up to eight years in jail and/or a fine.

Thavamani was the first among 25 charged for their roles in the riot to claim trial, and the first in Singapore to be convicted for obstruction.

His five-month sentence was backdated to Jan 23, and thus, was completed the day it was issued.

 
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