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S'pore Indian sentenced for murder

G Krishnasamy Naidu, a taxi driver, killed his wife with a meat cleaver two years ago.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 11:02 IST

An Indian origin man who hacked his wife to death for adultery with a meat cleaver two years ago was sentenced to hang by Singapore's High Court on Wednesday.

G Krishnasamy Naidu, a former taxi driver, stood impassively as a Tamil interpreter explained the verdict to him.

Several women started sobbing when the court adjourned, but 44-year-old Krishnasamy smiled, waved at them and gave a thumbs up sign.

Lawyer Peter Fernando said he would 'definitely appeal.'

The trial, which started last May, centred on psychiatrists' conflicting views on whether Krishnasamy suffered from a mental disorder known as morbid jealousy. His lawyers argued the condition diminished his mental responsibility for the killing.

In sentencing Krishnasamy to death, Justice Woo Bih Li rejected the defence of diminished responsibility.

Woo said Krishnasamy's detailed planning and execution of the killing, as well as his awareness of the penalty for murder, showed that his mental responsibility was not diminished.

Krishnasamy attacked Chitrabathy Narayanasamy, 39, in front of her workmates outside a Sony factory on April 8, 2004. The sharp blade of the large knife nearly severed her head.

First Published: Apr 27, 2006 10:27 IST