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Indian spared death sentence in Singapore

A Singapore Indian taxi driver facing trial for murdering his wife, has been spared the death sentence by a court.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 18:39 IST

A Singaporean Indian taxi driver facing trial for murdering his wife has been spared the death sentence by a court here.

G. Krishnasamy Naidu, who was earlier handed the death sentence for murdering his wife in broad daylight two years ago, now faces either 10 years in prison or life behind bars, the Today newspaper says.

On Thursday, the court reduced the murder charge to one of culpable homicide and the final verdict is expected in three weeks.

Naidu killed his wife, Chitrabathy Narayanasamy, outside her workplace two years ago.

Last year, the court accepted the argument that Naidu suffered from morbid jealousy - a form of mental disorder - but found that the illness did not diminish his responsibility during the killing.

This was despite two government psychiatrists' report that the 44-year-old suffered from the mental disorder, stemming from discoveries about his wife's affairs with four different men from 1987 to the time she was killed in May 2004.

Strangely, during the trials, Naidu never denied killing his wife.

The couple had been married for 19 years and have two teenage children.

After hearing the court's decision, Naidu covered his face with his hands and appeared to be in tears. In the gallery, his supporters hugged each other and cried in jubilation, the report adds.

"After the appeal hearing, we expected a result like this," Naidu's brother said.

"Words can't describe my feelings - the rope of death has been removed from around my client's neck," Naidu's lawyer said.