NRI sentenced for killing wife
Balakrishnan Doraisamy (64) has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by a Singapore court for killing his wife of 18 years.india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 10:53 IST
A 64-year-old man of Indian origin, who killed his wife for refusing to give money for his pregnant Indonesian mistress, was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Singapore court on Tuesday.
In July last year, Balakrishnan Doraisamy stabbed his wife of 18 years in the neck at their Circuit Road flat before pawning her gold chain, according to a report in the Today newspaper.
The report quoted Balakrishnan's lawyer Selva Naidu as saying that his client was "desperate" for money after his Indonesian mistress, a maid working here, became pregnant with his child.
After his employers refused to lend him money, Doraiswamy turned to his 57-year-old wife, Madam Krishnah Amal Govinda Narayanasamy. When she too refused, he stabbed her to death.
According to the report, Naidu asked for a lenient sentence as the accused had heart problems and did not premeditate the assault.
Describing Balakrishnan as a "hardened criminal", deputy public prosecutor Winston Cheng said: "Even after the attack, he showed no remorse. He washed the knife and pretended nothing had happened. Instead of calling for an ambulance, he took her gold chain and went to pawn it."
A weeping Balakrishnan then appealed to Justice VK Rajah: "I will work well. I won't drink. I won't gamble. Please show mercy on me, sir. I have a child. I can go out to work and take care of her."
His 18-year-old daughter wept uncontrollably as he spoke, the report said.
In passing the sentence, Justice Rajah said: "Regrettably, you have manifested in your adult life an unfortunate, chronic propensity for mischief and trouble. You have not taken care of your family and it was your wife who looked after your daughter. Why are you now asking me to take that into consideration?"
He added that prison authorities would review the sentence if Balakrishnan's medical condition worsens.