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Indian held in Australia for murder

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 15:15 IST

A Singaporean student of Indian origin was found guilty by an Australian court of murdering his two flatmates using a baseball bat.

Ram Puneet Tiwary, 27, pleaded not guilty before the New South Wales Supreme Court jury to murdering Chow Lyang Tay and Poh Chuan Tan on September 15, 2003.

The bodies of the victims, both Singaporean nationals aged 26, were found at the flat they shared with Tiwary at Kingsford in Sydney's east, AAP news agency reported.

They had been beaten on the head and stabbed in the neck.

Tiwary, Tay and Tan were studying engineering at the University of New South Wales.

The Indian-origin student said that on the day of the murders, he was woken up by a commotion in the flat, but was too scared to venture out of his room.

The court was told that Tiwary, who owed his flatmates 5000 dollars, bought a baseball bat two days before the men were killed.

After deliberating for four days, the jury of six men and six women on Tuesday found him guilty of the twin murder. Tiwari, however, did not react as the jury delivered its verdict.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing till July 7, the report said.

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