SHAH ALAM - An odd-job worker was jailed 15 years on Monday by a High Court here for causing the death of his friend for wanting to buy his mobile phone for RM5 (S$1.85) lesser.
M. Silvam, who was drunk demanded his friend to buy his mobile phone at RM20.
But his friend, deceased T. Saikeran, 53, was only willing to pay RM15, causing them to be caught in a verbal fight.
Silvam, 44, was angry and immediately took an iron pipe from a nearby area and hit his head at the roadside in Taman Sri Langat in Kajang on June 13, 2012.
Shortly later, he went to a police station in Kajang saying that the deceased did not want to pay him money after taking his mobile phone, which he sold, to him.
He told the police that Saikeran had fell on the iron pipe when he pulled his hands causing his head to bleed.
Pleading for leniency, his lawyer K. Viknesvaran asked the court to consider that his client was a first offender and remorseful of his actions.
Viknesvaran asked the court to give his client a chance to turn over a new leaf.
"The court could consider that my client is not a hardcore criminal or a habitual offender," said Viknesvaran, adding that the court to take into account his client's interest to rehabilitate him.
Silvam, who admitted to an alternative charge of manslaughter, also begged to the court for a lesser sentence, saying that he has to support his two school-going children and his wife.
However deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin pressed for a deterrent sentence saying that it was a serious offence and involved public interest.
She asked the court to consider that the deceased's skull had broken and that he had suffered severe bleeding.
Judge Justice Ahmad Nasfy Yasin imposed a 15-year jail term on the accused saying that it was in view of the loss of a life.
Justice Ahmad Nasfy ordered him to serve his jail term from the date of arrest on June 13, 2012.