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Mother of inmate who died in prison accepts settlement and withdraws appeal for inquest

Published on Apr 23, 2014 12:09 PM
Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah’s two sisters (on the left) and a family friend (in blue) consoling Dinesh’s mother, Madam Sel (seated). -- ST FILE PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The settlement a mother proposed and accepted over the death of her son in prison was "at a level which the Government had indicated from the start it was prepared to consider", said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the 45-year-old woman in a joint statement.

"The Government had from the outset admitted responsibility for the death of Dinesh Raman (Chinnaiah) caused by the negligence of Deputy Superintendent of Prison (DSP) Lim Kwo Yin and informed Madam Selvi (Narayanasamy) of its willingness to pay compensation for Dinesh Raman's death," said the MHA and Madam Selvi in the joint statement released by the ministry on Wednesday. "In fact, the Government offered a settlement sum on Sept 10, 2013 which Madam Selvi did not accept."

Dinesh died of breathing problems after being placed chest down and left in an isolation cell following an unprovoked attack in Changi Prison on Sept 27, 2010. He was 21 at the time.

His 45-year-old mother had appealed last year for an inquest into her son's death and also launched a civil suit seeking compensation from the Government. This after the coroner's inquiry into his death was discontinued after senior prison officer Lim Kwo Yin pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 for causing death by negligence.

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