'Attack was so fast, there was no time to react'

'Attack was so fast, there was no time to react'
Construction workers Mr Sandeep Singh (left) and Mr Egan Karuppaiah.

SINGAPORE - Two Indian nationals who were slashed and punched during a spate of violent robberies three years ago came face to face with their alleged attackers on Tuesday.

It was the first time the victims - Mr Egan Karuppaiah, 46, and Mr Sandeep Singh, 27, - have been able to tell their harrowing tale in court.

They were testifying in the trial of Sarawakians Micheal Garing and Tony Imba, accused of murdering another worker from India during the assaults between the night of May 29 and the early hours of May 30 in 2010.

Neither of the men could recognise their attackers or tell what weapons were used.

Mr Egan told the High Court: "It all happened too fast and I did not even have the time to react."

Mr Singh could not see the faces of his assailants because he was trying to cover his head and face from the blows while attempting to escape.

Both men showed the scars from their injuries to the court. Mr Egan has scars on the back of his hands and is unable to move some fingers. Mr Singh has scars on his arms, back and head.

Micheal, 25, and Tony, 34, appeared relaxed when their alleged victims took the stand.

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