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Pub owner jailed 4 years for fatal stabbing of aggressive patron

Published on May 23, 2014 6:38 PM
 
Pub owner Low Chuan Woo was sentenced to four years' jail on Friday for fatally stabbing a drunk and violent patron who started a brawl. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A pub owner pumped his fist and shed tears of relief after he was sentenced to four years' jail on Friday for fatally stabbing a drunk and violent patron who started a brawl.

Prosecutors had sought at least 12 years' jail and caning for Low Chuan Woo, 45, arguing that his actions were "wholly disproportionate" even though it was the patron, Mr Mohamed Iskandar Ishak, 45, who started the fight.

But High Court judge Tay Yong Kwang accepted the defence's arguments that Low acted in self defence because Mr Iskandar, who was 37kg heavier, was behaving aggressively.

The judge did not impose caning on Low, who pleaded guilty to culpable homicide. He said Low was minding his own business when Mr Iskandar started the unfortunate chain of events that led to his own death in January last year.

 
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