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Press Trust Of India
Singapore, May 22, 2013
A 25-year-old Indian lorry driver has been jailed by a Singapore court for eight weeks and banned from driving for five years for causing the death of a compatriot worker and injuring 14 others. Wheelchair-bound Periyasamy Jayapraksh pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mathialagu Kathiravan, 19, when his lorry collided head-on with another another truck on July 3 2012, The Straits Times reported.

He also admitted to causing injuries to 14 others including the truck driver, all Indians, due to his negligence.

In a sentencing on Tuesday, District Judge Lee Poh Choo took into consideration the charge of causing injury to other passengers of the vehicle.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Andrew Low had sought a jail term of two to three months and a driving ban of five to eight years as the accident was solely caused by Jayaprakash.

There were a number of aggravating factors, said Low, pointing out that Jayaprakash overtook an unknown vehicle and crashed into the truck, throwing Kathiravan off the lorry.

Pleading for leniency, wheelchair-bound Jayaprakash said he has not been able to walk for the past 10 months after the accident and does not know what the future holds.