Siblings win $226,000 suit

Siblings win $226,000 suit

KUALA LUMPUR: A college student and her elder brother won RM585,000 (S$226,000) in damages in a negligence suit against her former husband over a shooting incident.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Lee Heng Cheong held that the siblings had proven their case against suspended policeman Kpl T. Ravindran.

G. Prema, 27, and Devendran, 28, however, failed to establish their civil claim against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and the Government after the court ruled that the two defendants were not liable over the actions of Ravindran.

Lee made the order in chambers after hearing evidence from seven witnesses in the trial.

Speaking to reporters here, lawyer for the siblings M. Manoharan said Lee held that Ravindran had acted on his own and that his shooting act had nothing to do with his employment in the police force.

He said Lee ordered Ravindran to pay RM60,000 (S$23,100) to Prema and RM25,000 (S$9,600) to Devendran in general damages.

Lee also awarded each sibling RM250,000 (S$96,300) in aggravated and exemplary damages and RM40,000 (S$15,400) in costs.

"Ravindran was sentenced to seven years' jail by the Sessions Court here in 2011 for attempted murder of Prema. He has applied for a stay pending appeal," said Manoharan.

Senior Federal Counsel Normas­tura Ayub acted for Musa and the Government.

The siblings filed the suit for injuries they suffered after Ravindran allegedly shot them.

In her claim filed on Jan 2, Prema said she married Ravindran, who is her cousin, on March 6, 2009, and registered the marriage in Putrajaya the same day.

She added that the marriage was dissolved by the High Court here on June 28 last year.

She said Ravindran had gone to their family home in Pantai Dalam, Brickfields, here on March 2, 2010, at 9.40pm and shot her and her brother Devendran, causing them to suffer injuries.

She claimed that Ravindran, who was attached to the Dang Wangi district CID, was hot-tempered, suspicious of her and liked to utter offensive words against her and her family.

In his statement of defence filed on Feb 27, Ravindran denied the claim, saying it was a fabrication.

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