Some criminals 'deserve default death sentence'
Shanmugam favours harsher penalties for rapists, child abusers whose victims die
Published on May 18, 2014 6:54 AM
Law Minister K. Shanmugam is in favour of imposing the death penalty on criminals who sexually assault women or abuse children, and the victim dies.
The Business Times yesterday quoted him as saying: "My thinking is that there should be a default death sentence for those who rape or sexually assault women, resulting in the victim's death, and for those who hurt a child and the child ends up dead.
"The accused in such cases should face the death penalty, unless he can prove why there shouldn't be such a penalty."
He told the paper that his view went further than what has been proposed by a committee, set up by his ministry and currently reviewing Singapore's law on homicide.
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