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Little India riot: Judge orders accused to give evidence

Published on May 13, 2014 8:38 AM
 
Construction worker Mahalingam Thavamani is accused of obstructing a police officer on the night of the Dec 8 riot. The judge ruled that the prosecution has made its case against the Indian national. -- ST FILE PHOTO

A district judge ruled yesterday that construction worker Mahalingam Thavamani has to give evidence in his own defence in the trial over allegations that he obstructed a police officer on the night of the Dec 8 riot.

Thavamani's lawyer, Mr B.J. Lean, last week submitted that there is no case to answer and urged the court to acquit his client after the prosecution wrapped up its case with six witnesses on the stand over four days.

Mr Lean argued in written submissions that "the prosecution has failed in proving the elements of the offence" and Thavamani "had merely gone looking for his missing brother", who had a history of fainting spells.

District Judge Salina Ishak, however, ruled yesterday that the prosecution has made its case and Thavamani has to give evidence.

 
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