Inmate's death: Family suing Govt for damages despite compensation offer

Inmate's death: Family suing Govt for damages despite compensation offer
The mother (L) of the deceased Dinesh leaves the Subordinate Courts.

SINGAPORE - The family of an inmate who had died in prison is suing the Government for general and aggravated damages despite an offer of compensation.

The mother, who is represented by lawyers M. Ravi and Eugene Thuraisingam, is also contesting the official account of events, alleging that Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah, 21, had died from "intentional assault".

The Government said on Thursdayy that the family did not take up an offer to meet the pathologist or submit any formal claims for compensation.

Despite this, the Government, which has accepted responsibility for the death, had made the offer of compensation on Sept 10 based on "established principles of liability", said the Home Affairs Ministry on Thursday.

"The Government remains open to engagement with the family but is also prepared to state its position in court if necessary," it said.

An Attorney-General's Chambers spokesman on Thursday confirmed the suit filed by the family has been served. "We are studying it carefully and we are unable to comment on it at this point in time."

The latest development comes after the Attorney-General rejected a bid from the family last month to reopen the coroner's inquiry into Dinesh's death because there were "no new matters raised" that warranted further investigations.

Dinesh was convicted for rioting and theft, and had been released conditionally after serving time. But he was later remanded for breaching a personal protection order taken by his mother against him.

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