Bangladeshi escapes death penalty for girlfriend's murder

Six years after he was arrested for murdering his Indonesian girlfriend, a Bangladeshi construction worker escaped the hangman's noose on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013. Kamrul Hasan Abdul Quddus (above), 40, became the fourth convicted murderer on death
Six years after he was arrested for murdering his Indonesian girlfriend, a Bangladeshi construction worker escaped the hangman's noose on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013. Kamrul Hasan Abdul Quddus (above), 40, became the fourth convicted murderer on death row to be given a life sentence instead of the death penalty. -- FILE PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Six years after he was arrested for murdering his Indonesian girlfriend, a Bangladeshi construction worker escaped the hangman's noose on Tuesday.

Kamrul Hasan Abdul Quddus, 40, became the fourth convicted murderer on death row to be given a life sentence instead of the death penalty.

This follows changes to the law, which kicked in this year, giving judges the discretion to impose either the death penalty or a life sentence for certain categories of murder.

Kamrul was convicted in 2010 of murdering Yulia Afriyanti, 25, who worked here as a maid. Her naked body was found in December 2007 in a cardboard box in a unit of the Viz@Holland condominium which was then under construction.

At Kamrul's re-sentencing on Tuesday, the prosecution did not object to him being jailed for life, but sought a caning sentence of 16 to 18 strokes. He was sentenced to 10 strokes of the cane.