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Alleged Little India rioter expected to plead guilty

A 32-year-old Indian national is expected to be the first among 25 men allegedly involved in the Little India riot to plead guilty.

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old Indian national is expected to be the first among 25 men allegedly involved in the Little India riot to plead guilty.

Chinnappa Vijayaragunatha Poopathi will likely plead guilty to a reduced charge of being involved in an assembly of at least five people despite being ordered to disperse.

He was originally charged with rioting -- which carries a jail term of up to seven years and caning.

Chinnappa, who is represented by lawyer Sunil Sudheesan, will be back in court on February 7 for his plea to be taken.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to two years, and a fine.

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