No further inquiry into inmate's death: AGC

No further inquiry into inmate's death: AGC
Composite photo of Madam Selvi (left) and her son Dinesh's (right).

SINGAPORE - The coroner's inquiry into the death of an inmate, who died after being restrained in Changi Prison, will not be reopened, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said on Thursday.

Responding to the bid by the dead man's mother, Madam Selvi Narayanasamy, through lawyer M. Ravi to resume the inquiry, the AGC said there have been "no new matters raised" that warranted further investigations.

A spokesman said the state coroner was exercising his discretion not to resume the inquiry because the cause of and circumstances connected to the death of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah, 21, have been placed before the court in criminal proceedings against senior prison officer Lim Kwo Yin, 36 last month.

The inquiry was discontinued after Lim pleaded guilty, and was fined $10,000 for causing death by negligence.

At the time, the court heard that Dinesh, who was convicted of rioting and theft, kicked a warden in his abdomen in an unprovoked attack on Sept 27, 2010. It took eight officers - including Lim, who was the supervising officer - half an hour to restrain him.

Dinesh was eventually put on the ground with his head to the side, in an isolation cell. He was left in the prone position, thereby restricting the respiratory movements of his chest and abdomen.

Mr Ravi, however, said on Thursday that there was no information as to how the other seven officers were involved in Dinesh's death and that the Attorney-General should call for a full inquiry in the public's interest, "and not Dinesh's mother having to do so".

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