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Indian-Origin Man In Singapore Jailed For Abusing Service Workers

The man admitted to uttering phrases with deliberate intention of wounding a person’s racial emotions.


An Indian-origin Singaporean, a repeat offender described by the prosecution as someone with a “proclivity to treat service workers abusively”, is again behind bars for six weeks after he hurled racial insults at others on three separate events final yr.

Peethambaran Dilip, 69, was on Wednesday sentenced to 6 weeks’ jail after he pleaded responsible to 2 harassment expenses. The Singaporean additionally admitted to at least one rely of uttering phrases with the deliberate intention of wounding a person’s racial emotions.

On Wednesday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Zhi Hao mentioned, “(Peethambaran) escalated his abuse in the present case to incorporate racist insults. This should be dealt with sternly, given the need to preserve racial harmony in Singapore.” The court docket heard that Peethambaran went to Clementi Public Library in a public housing property on June 9 final yr, opened a dustbin and spat into it. A cleaner who noticed him doing so reported the matter to the library’s administration, in line with a report by The Straits Times.

Library officer Keith Lim approached Peethambaran and suggested him to not spit into the dustbin because it was an unhygienic act, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unhappy, Peethambaran lashed out at Lim and hurled racial insults at him.

The offender struck once more on July 22 final yr when he went to a polyclinic in Marine Parade (one other housing property) to replenish his remedy.

Patient service affiliate Cheok Lay Yean was manning a well being monitoring station there when Peethambaran got here ahead, flung his queue ticket onto a counter and uttered insulting phrases at her.

The DPP mentioned, “Cheok told the accused to stop, but he did not… The accused was known to the staff at the polyclinic because he had scolded polyclinic staff on previous occasions.” Peethambaran returned to the polyclinic on October 15 final yr and went to a pharmacy counter, the place pharmacist Russell Lim requested him if he was gathering his remedy.

DPP Tan instructed the court docket, “The accused did not initially respond, but when Russell repeated his question, the accused uttered words to the effect of, ‘Of course, I am here to collect my medication. If not, what am I here for?’.” Peethambaran additionally directed a racial slur at Lim earlier than leaving the premises. The police had been alerted later that day.

These weren’t his first offences. Without revealing any particulars, the DPP mentioned that Peethambaran dedicated legal intimidation in 2005.

In 2017, he was additionally sentenced to 6 weeks’ jail for assaulting a bus driver.

On Wednesday, the prosecutor urged District Judge Jasbendar Kaur to condemn Peethambaran to at the very least six weeks’ jail, including, “It is extremely aggravating that the insulting phrases that the accused used had been of a racist nature and evoked violent imagery.

“General deterrence strongly applies as a sentencing consideration, provided that the accused dedicated the offences towards front-line healthcare employees through the COVID-19 pandemic on at the very least two separate events.” For uttering phrases with the deliberate intention of wounding one other individual’s racial emotions, an offender might be jailed for as much as three years and fined.

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