Vicious attack with pole left man dead
An unemployed homeless man has been sentenced to four years in jail and four strokes of the cane for a vicious, apparently unprovoked attack on a man who later died of his injuries.
Gopalan Segar, 38, who was originally accused of murder, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a reduced charge of grievously hurting Mr Chua Tew Kee, 47.
He beat Mr Chua with a wooden pole and kicked him on the face and body at a senior citizens' corner at Block 228, Pending Road, in Bukit Panjang, on June 29 last year.
Begging the court for mercy, he said he really wanted to give up drinking. That was why he agreed to go to the halfway house.
The unemployed victim, who lived in a neighbouring block, suffered brain injuries and died four days later.
Armed with a metre-long pole, he chased Mr Chua and caught up with him after a short distance. Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedics found Mr Chua semi-conscious and bleeding. He fell into a coma and died in hospital on July 3.
Gopalan could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined or caned for causing grievous hurt.
Singapore Crime Assault
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