Second man found guilty to rioting in Little India gets 33 months, 3 strokes

Construction worker Arumugam Karthik was on Thursday sentenced to 33 months in jail and three strokes of the cane after becoming the second among 25 men, charged for their roles in the Little India riot, to plead guilty to rioting and setting fire to property.

The 25-year-old Indian national admitted his guilt to one count of rioting and one count of mischief by fire for his actions on the night of Dec 8, which included flipping three police cars and trying to set them on fire. He faces a second charge of rioting which he did not plead to but which will be taken into consideration in sentencing.

Last week, another Indian national Ramalingam Sakthivel, 33, was sentenced to 30 months in jail and three strokes of the cane after admitting to one count of rioting and mischief by fire each.

Six other Indian workers initially charged with rioting had earlier this year pleaded guilty to amended charges of failing to disperse. They were each sentenced to between 15 and 18 weeks in jail, and five have since returned to India. The remaining 17 men charged have their cases pending in court.