Published: Tuesday October 30, 2012 MYT 9:52:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday October 30, 2012 MYT 9:56:16 PM
Welding inspector gets 20 years' jail for killing man during gang fight
By DESIREE TRESA GASPER
JOHOR BARU: A welding inspector was sentenced to 20 years' jail by a High Court here Tuesday after he was found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
S. Deepanraj, 25, was initially charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murdering A. Kavimathan, 27, around 1am in front of the emergency ward building at Hospital Sultanah Aminah here on August 22, 2010.
He claimed trial to the charge.
The court later offered him an amended charge under Section 304 of the code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder but he also pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Deepanraj's lawyer G.K. Sritharan argued that the act was accidental, as Deepanraj had stabbed Kavimathan in a gang fight.
Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad argued that the offence was serious and that a life was lost.
High Court judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman said the court could not accept the argument of the defence as regardless of whether the act was pre-planned or not, a life had been lost.
"The court has analysed both arguments from the prosecution and the defence and taken into consideration statements by all the witnesses brought forward.
"After careful consideration, the court finds Deepanraj guilty of the offence," he said.
Before meting out his decision, the court also heard a victim impact statement from Kavimathan's father K. Ananthasegaran, 50, who told the court that Deepanraj should be given the maximum sentence of 30 years' jail.
"My son was the sole breadwinner for our family as I had stopped working due to a heart condition," he said.
Abdul Halim later sentenced Deepanraj to 20 years' jail from the date of arrest, Aug 22, 2010.