A 22 year old Singapore Permanent Resident, Tusheintar Segaran, pleaded guilty in court today (3 Feb) for armed robbery of a licensed moneylender shop in Jurong East which resulted in him being sentenced to two years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane.
Two other charges were taken into consideration in his sentencing.
Recap on case
Tusheintar and two others, Karrtik Stalniraj and Kotta Kumar Jeswanth, had went into the shop, OT credit late in 2020 to rob them of money and made off with $48,000.
The shop became a target for them as it was only staffed with two female assistants.
Tusheintar had went into the shop alone on 19 Nov 2020 during noon time with the role of signalling to his two accomplices if the timing was right to carry out the robbery.
However it did not go according to what they have planned and he came out of the shop.
The trio then went in at around 4pm to commit the robbery, with Tusheintar acting as a lookout instead.
Kotta then grabbed one of the assistants by the hair and demanded she throw cash into a grey haversack he was carrying while brandishing a karambit knife to threaten her.
The shop assistant known as Ms Candy Yang Siqi was also instructed by Kotta not to scream for help.
While Kotta was threating Yang, the other accomplice Karrtik scavenged the shop for more cash while Tusheintar stayed outside to stand guard throughout the whole process.
They then locked Yang in a small office at the back and escaped on foot with their loot of $48,000 which Tusheintar was given $14,000 for his part.
Tusheintar’s lawyer who acted in pro bono argued that even though it was a armed robbery, his client did not use a weapon at all during the whole process and only stood guard.
His $14,000 was also recovered by the Police and it was the first time he brushed the law.
While the judge had noted that Tusheintar had only served as a lookout, he said that his role was an enabling factor for his two accomplices to carry out the crime more confidently.
Kotta pleaded guilty last January and is undergoing reformative training currently as he was below 21 years old during the robbery.
Karrtik’s case is still pending.
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