Little India rioter gets 25 months' jail, 3 strokes

Little India rioter gets 25 months' jail, 3 strokes

A construction worker who was part of a mob that flipped over a police car became the 20th man to be convicted over the Little India riot yesterday.

Indian national Chinnapa Govindarasu, 31, was sentenced to 25 months in jail and three strokes of the cane after he admitted to being part of an unlawful assembly together with at least four others.

The court heard that their aim was to overawe by show of criminal force in Race Course Road on Dec 8 last year.

The cost of the damage was $3,150.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Dillon Kok said that Govindarasuhad been drinking with friends in Veerasamy Road that evening and was making his way to Race Course Road just before 10.30pm to take a private bus back to his Kranji dormitory.

Police officers had been deployed there to quell the disturbance caused by the mob, restore order and prevent further violence and damage to property.

Rioters were seen throwing projectiles and attacking public service vehicles.

Spurred by the successful flipping of a police car, Govindarasu and his group rushed to the side of another police car, lifted it up and turned it onto its right side.

Unknown to him, he left a partial right palm impression on the vehicle.

He continued to loiter and was arrested at about 2am the next day at a restaurant in Kampong Kapor Road.

A total of 24 emergency vehicles were found damaged, including five that had been set on fire.

Seven private vehicles were also damaged.

Govindarasu, whose sentence was backdated to Dec 9 last year, could have been jailed for up to seven years and caned.

This article was first published on October 03, 2014.
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