SINGAPORE - There is no case for the defence to answer, according to construction worker Mahalingam Thavamani's lawyer yesterday, after the prosecution wrapped up its side of the trial.
When asked by District Judge Salina Ishak if he will make a submission for "no case", Counsel B.J. Lean said he will. That means he will be urging the court to set free the Indian national, charged for obstructing police during the Little India riot, without having to put in a defence.
The court told the lawyer he has to enter the submission by May 5.
The 27-year-old Thavamani is accused of obstructing Deputy Superintendent of Police Subramaniam N. during the riot on Dec 8, when he allegedly tried to enter a restricted area along Belilios Road despite being told not to.
The prosecution's sixth and final witness - 27-year-old grass cutter Balakritinan Madhu Damodran - yesterday seemed to back up Thavamani's claims that he was only waiting for his younger brother, who had gone missing in the chaos.
Mr Damodran said he had not observed his friend Thavamani disobeying any order or acting in an agitated manner towards the police, as DSP Subramaniam had earlier testified.
Instead, Thavamani told an officer "my brother is lost", said Mr Damodran. "He (Thavamani) was normal, he was not angry with anyone, we were also not angry with anyone."