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33 months, 3 strokes for Little India rioter

A former construction worker, the second man to plead guilty to rioting in Little India last December, was sentenced to 33 months' jail and three strokes of the cane on Thursday afternoon.

SINGAPORE: A former construction worker, the second man to plead guilty to rioting in Little India last December, was sentenced to 33 months' jail and three strokes of the cane on Thursday afternoon.

Arumugam Karthik, a 25-year-old Indian national, had thrown projectiles at three police vehicles and one fire engine, and flipped over the three police cars.

He also set fire to one of the police vehicles. The riot, the worst outbreak of violence in Singapore in more than 40 years, was sparked by a fatal bus accident involving another Indian national, Sakthivel Kumaravelu.

The maximum jail terms for rioting and mischief by fire are seven years each.

The judge sentenced Arumugam to 33 months' jail and three strokes of the cane for rioting, and 30 months' jail for mischief by fire. The sentences will run concurrently.

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