Jail, cane for trio who robbed construction worker

Jail, cane for trio who robbed construction worker

Three men who robbed a construction worker and made off with the huge wad of cash he was carrying were jailed yesterday.

Each will also get 12 strokes of the cane.

Logistics officer Sathya Kumar Lakshmanan, 25; his unemployed brother, Rubenkumar, 22; and odd-job worker Vishnunad Bhaguan, 24, were given jail terms of between four and 4½ years yesterday. Five others have been charged and their cases are pending.

The three Singaporeans admitted to robbing Bangladeshi Md Rashel Md Sorpan, 25, of $75,000 and other items in Serangoon Road on Nov 17 last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Michelle Lu said that the robbers had been told of their target a few days before they struck.

A 43-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker had informed one of them that Mr Md Rashel would be in the Tekka area, and would have more than $50,000 on him.

When the victim turned up that day with his uncle and cousin, the group attacked.

The Straits Times understands that some of the money belonged to Mr Md Rashel's uncle and cousin, who were on holiday here, while the rest had been given to him by other workers. It is unclear what the money was for.

Sathya punched the 28- year-old uncle, causing him to fall, while his accomplices tried to kick and punch the other two men.

Mr Md Rashel fled with his laptop bag but when he too fell, he was attacked again.

Rubenkumar made a grab at the laptop bag containing the money, a mobile phone, a passport and five bank books, and got hold of a bundle of cash.

The group scattered and he boarded a bus, where he was arrested.

Eventually, only $5,243 was recovered.

Yesterday, Rubenkumar and Vishnunad, both secret society members, also pleaded guilty to being part of a 10-member group, considered an unlawful assembly, which had planned to fight with another gang in Woodlands in June last year.

All three of the men dealt with yesterday have previous convictions.

The maximum penalty for robbery is 14 years' jail, with at least 12 strokes of the cane.

This article was first published on Sep 19, 2014.
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