Jail, caning for man in knife attack on youth

A secret society member who stabbed a teenager while released on reformative training supervision was sentenced to two years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane yesterday.

Sivakandesh, 21, is understood to have been involved in a dispute with 17-year-old Sean Lavin Pasion Emile before Sivakandesh went to the teenager's Bishan flat and attacked him on Nov 18 last year. Sivakandesh pleaded guilty to cutting the teenager's face and stabbing him on his left thigh.

A court heard that Sivakandesh had met two other society members at the void deck of the block before going to the teenager's unit where they found him asleep with a friend.

After waking the teenager by punching him in the face, the trio shouted at him in Tamil, then punched, kicked and cut him with a knife. The victim shouted in pain and his father, who was in the flat, called for an ambulance.

The case against Sivakandesh's co-accused, Jai Ganesh Tanapolan, 24, is pending, while Guru Aravind, 20 - who is believed to be the third man involved - is at large.

Sivakandesh also admitted to having a 21cm-long chopper in Clarke Quay without lawful authority on Nov 27 last year.

He was spotted holding the kitchen chopper and walking towards the Planet Paradise nightspot in Clarke Quay with another man at about 1.40am.

A police officer stopped Sivakandesh and drew a taser, telling the 21-year-old to drop his weapon. Sivakandesh dropped his chopper and ran away, but was arrested.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Claire Poh said Sivakandesh committed the offences while he was on Reformative Training Centre (RTC) supervision and had not learnt his lesson.

He was sentenced to RTC in 2012 for rioting, unlawful possession of a weapon and causing hurt.

The maximum punishment for causing hurt with a dangerous weapon is seven years' jail, a fine and caning. For having the offensive weapon, he could have been jailed for up to three years and given at least six strokes of the cane.



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