Final gang member in Kallang slashings jailed for 33 years, caned
After being on the run for nearly seven years, the last member of a four-man Sarawakian gang that went on a violent late-night robbery spree in 2010 was sentenced yesterday to 33 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane.
Donny Meluda, 27, who played a supporting role in the Kallang slashings, fled to Johor Baru and remained in West Malaysia until he was arrested in January last year when he travelled to Sarawak.
The sentencing brings to a close court proceedings against the gang, who went on the robbery spree between the night of May 29 and the morning of May 30 in 2010, killing one victim and seriously injuring three others.
Two were convicted of murder - Micheal Garing, 30, who wielded a 58cm-long parang in the robberies, was given the death penalty, while Tony Imba, 40, who spearheaded the attacks, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane in 2015.
Hairee Landak, 28, was sentenced in 2013 to 33 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane for armed robbery with hurt.
Donny, who has been in custody since he was brought back to Singapore on Jan 18 last year, was armed with a detachable tap handle during the spree.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to three charges of armed robbery with grievous hurt, with a fourth charge taken into consideration.
On the night of May 29, 2010, the four Sarawakians, who were working here as cleaners, prowled the Sims Drive and Kallang area looking for robbery victims.
They attacked construction worker Sandeep Singh, then 24, at a playground, punching, kicking, slashing and hitting him on the head with a brick.
The next target was full-time national serviceman Ang Jun Heng, then 19, who had half of his left palm chopped off.
The group then set upon construction worker Egan Karuppaiah, then 43, who had parts of his fingers sliced off.
The fourth victim, construction worker Shanmuganathan Dillidurai, 41, died at the scene after being repeatedly slashed on his head, neck and body.
In 2014, in convicting Micheal and Tony of murder, a High Court judge likened the gang's attacks to a safari hunt.
Yesterday, Donny's lawyer, Mr Siva S. Krishnasamy, said Donny turned over a new leaf while on the run and has led a transformed life after embracing Islam.