Sexual Offences & Outrage of Modesty
Read how Mr. Kalidass Murugaiyan managed to obtain reduced charges for his clients who were on trial for allegedly raping an intoxicated and unconscious woman. The charge was eventually reduced to one of aggravated outrage of modesty, lowering their maximum incarceration period by 10 years.
The Defence asserted that this incident was a “mistake of fact” as the victims had entered his bedroom and occupied his bed voluntarily. The Prosecution had requested for at least 6 years’ imprisonment with 6 strokes of the cane for the teen who was only 18 years old at time of the offences. After much consideration from the parties’ submissions, District Judge Jasvender Kaur felt that it was more appropriate to impose a rehabilitative sentence for a deterrent effect to the teen.
Two secondary school boys were molested by a 21-year-old teen on several occasions. Mr. Kalidass Murugaiyan urged the Prosecution to proceed on a “vigorous programme” of probation. The teen was ordered by the State Courts to undergo 27-months of probation, including 180 hours of community service, rather than incarceration which may cause him difficulty when reintegrating back to society.
Offences Affecting Life
Relief for a 59-year-old bus driver when Mr. Kalidass Murugaiyan had successfully applied to the State Courts for the charge of causing death by a negligent act to be dropped. The bus driver was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNATA) after the State Coroner ruled the death to be “an unfortunate traffic misadventure”.
Work Injury Compensation Act
A safety worker from Bangladesh was accused of lying about his workplace injuries and making a fraudulent claim. While his case was under investigations, he was stuck in Singapore and unable to secure another employment. Mr. Kalidass Murugaiyan decided to provide the safety worker with pro bono services.
A gang of eight members had plotted to rob couriers of money-changing businesses. Mr. Kalidass Murugaiyan disputed that our client had only agreed to participate in the gang-robbery as the ‘grand mastermind’ of this operation had threatened to harm his family if he did not return the monies that he borrowed. He could have been jailed for up to 20 years’ but was sentenced to a total of 7 years’ imprisonment.
Former UOB bank officer persuaded three customers into investing a total of $1.17 million in unit trusts and even issued assurance letters with UOB’s letterhead. He was advised and made full restitution to UOB for their losses.