I didn't intend to kill anyone

I didn't intend to kill anyone
Tony Imba allegedly committed murder by causing the death of an Indian national, Shanmuganathan Dillidurai at an open field along Kallang Road on 30 May 2010.

That was what accused Tony Imba, 34, told investigating officer Senior Station Inspector 2 (SSI2) Noorma'at Sawab in his statement on June 14, 2010.

Tony also said he had told his alleged accomplice, Micheal Garing, 34, to stop slashing Indian national Shanmuganathan Dillidurai, who later died from his injuries.

Tony and Micheal, both Sarawakians, are on trial for the murder of Mr Shanmuganathan.

They are accused of killing him sometime between 12.13am and 7.34am at an open field near Kallang Road on May 30 that year and of robbing and assaulting Mr Ang Jun Heng, 22, Mr Sandeep Singh, 27, and Mr Egan Karuppaiah, 42, shortly before that.

The three men were attacked with a parang.

Another alleged accomplice, Donny Meluda, is still at large.

Former cleaner Hairee Landak, 23, who was involved in the robbery, was sentenced to 33 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane in January after pleading guilty to three charges of armed robbery with hurt.

Tony's lawyer, Mr Amarick Gill, who cross-examined SSI2 Noorma'at in court on Thursday, highlighted that his client had said in the statement that he was angry with Micheal for slashing Mr Singh, their first victim.

SSI2 Noorma'at recorded four statements from Tony between June 5 and June 14.

Only the last statement mentioned that he did not intend to kill and that he had told Micheal to stop slashing Mr Shanmuganathan.

Mr Gill said his client told him he had repeatedly brought up these points during his three earlier statements, but SSI2 Noorma'at did not note them down.

SSI2 Noorma'at disagreed and said he would have recorded these points if Tony had mentioned them.

He was the prosecution's final witness.

Micheal is expected to take the stand when the trial resumes next Tuesday.

If convicted, the accused will face the death sentence or life in jail.

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