Six men, including a pair of twins, were on Monday sentenced to at least five years in jail and four strokes of the cane for a brutal 2011 clash which eventually left their 52-year-old victim dead.
Twenty-year-olds Muhizin Khan and Suriya Thankamany, who had used glass bottles to hit the man's head and face, received stiffer six-year jail terms, with the latter also getting six strokes - two more than everyone else.
Muhizin's twin brother Segu Jamaldeen Nafil Mohamed, 21-year-olds Anandraj Manimaran and S. Karthikesu, and Abdul Samad Mohamed Kasim, 25, got five years each.
The group had punched and kicked Mr Goh Ho Leong at Tiong Bahru Park 21/2 years ago after a dispute in the public toilet there, and continued to do so even after he fell. Two days later, he died in hospital from multiple injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.
Handing down the sentence in the High Court on Monday, Justice Choo Han Teck noted, without elaborating further, the different roles played by the six men in causing Mr Goh's death, and their respective records. Deputy public prosecutors Mohamed Faizal and Puspha S. had argued for jail terms of between seven and eight years plus six strokes of the cane for Muhizin and Suriya, and six to seven years in jail and six strokes for the others.
But defence lawyers Jeyapalan Ayaduray, Ramesh Tiwary, S.K. Kumar and Josephus Tan pleaded for leniency for their clients, highlighting the lack of premeditation and the provocative role the victim had played.
On the night of March 8, 2011, the six men and four others had met at the park to chat and drink.