Jail and caning for robber who hit gambler
A MAN who robbed another after he had gambled away his salary at a casino was jailed for 31/2 years and ordered to be given 12 strokes of the cane yesterday.
Malaysian national Suresh Kannan, 33, admitted robbing Indonesian national Witasyah Siah of a bag containing clothes, a passport, gambling chips valued at $65, flight tickets and $20 on June 2.
He also used a motorcycle helmet to hit the 62-year-old victim repeatedly.
A district court heard that Suresh lost his salary of $3,000 in a game of roulette at the Marina Bay Sands casino on June 1.
He was thinking of leaving when he saw the victim changing money for chips from a cashier and decided to follow Mr Siah.
At about 5.10am on June 2, the victim left and hailed a cab at the taxi stand. Suresh tailed him on his motorcycle.
On arriving at Compassvale Link in Sengkang, Mr Siah took a lift to the seventh floor, where his daughter lives. Suresh took the next lift to the same level.
As Mr Siah pressed the doorbell to the flat, Suresh approached him from behind and covered his mouth. He then took $20 from the victim's pocket and dragged him away in an arm-lock.
Suresh hit him repeatedly and at least once on the back of his head with his helmet.
He grabbed the bag and fled down the stairs, but was arrested on June 10.
Suresh could have been jailed for up to 14 years with not less than 12 strokes of the cane for robbery.