Man gets life imprisonment and caning for murdering fellow jogger in Punggol during ‘circuit breaker’

Man gets life imprisonment and caning for murdering fellow jogger in Punggol during 'circuit breaker'

SINGAPORE: A man who stabbed the stranger to passing away throughout the COVID-19 “circuit-breaker” time period in 2020 while they were both jogging has been sentenced to our lives imprisonment and fifteen strokes of the cane.

Surajsrikan Diwakar Mani Tripathi, 22, pleaded accountable on Thursday (Sep 15) to one depend of murdering 38-year-old Tay Rui Hao.

The court heard that Surajsrikan was jobless at the time. Both he and Mr Tay lived in Punggol but did not know each other.

At about 10pm on May ten, 2020, both men left their homes for a run. This was during the circuit breaker when people were not permitted to leave their houses for  non-essential actions although exercise had been allowed.

Tay had started jogging two to three times per week since the start of the signal breaker, while Surajsrikan was a regular jogger.

May ten was a significant day for Surajsrikan, the court heard, because it was the date his father had left behind his family and it had been also the time of his acceptance into National Support. The memory of the date caused your pet to be frustrated and angry.

Whenever Surajsrikan left their home, he introduced along a Singapore Armed Forces-issued Swiss folding knife with a 9cm-long blade, serrated on one edge, and a wet wipe.

While Surajsrikan had been running, he missed his footing and fell near the bus stop along Punggol Field Road. He paced about for five in order to 10 minutes to work away his anger.

Mr Tay jogged past at about 11. 10pm. Surajsrikan’s fury “overtook” him, the court heard. He unfolded his knife, chased after Mr Tay and stabbed him forcefully in the back.  

Surajsrikan then stabbed and slashed the victim’s arm and abdominal area once the victim was trying to sit up.

He wiped the particular blood off their knife and kept it, continuing to wash his hands as he walked back toward a block associated with flats. He failed to call the police or even an ambulance.

Surajsrikan wandered round the neighbourhood for about one-and-a-half hours before discarding the wet wipe and heading house at around twelve. 30am. He told his family he or she returned home past due as he had dropped down while jogging and kept his knife in his cupboard.

The victim called 995. Paramedics found him hemorrhaging on the grass. He or she was initially alert but lost consciousness afterwards. He died earlier the next morning.

Surajsrikan was identified through police digital cameras that showed your pet wandering around the neighbourhood with a knife. He or she was arrested and the knife was recovered.

An autopsy on the victim discovered 10 external accidents comprising incised injuries, abrasions and a deep gaping wound in a muscle. His reason for death was decided on be incised wounds of the right radial artery and a lung.  

Surajsrikan’s DNA and bloodstream were found on the blade as well as swabs raised from his shoes. It is undisputed that he intentionally inflicted the particular injuries during his assault on the sufferer, of which two had been sufficient to result in death.


Surajsrikan was examined and found to severe social panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder. These acquired crippling effects in the life, leading to low mood and anger, but he did not qualify for a depressive disorder.

He or she was previously found to have borderline to reduced intelligence, but was not really found to be intellectually disabled nor struggling with any psychotic condition. The date from the killing exacerbated his chronic anger, the particular court heard.

However , his actions were not directly brought on by his disorders, and he was not of unsound mind at the time of the offence.

Surajsrikan has no previous convictions. Deputy Public Prosecutors Andre Chong plus Han Ming Kuang said they did not object to life imprisonment for Surajsrikan.

They asked also for 24 strokes of the cane should he receive life imprisonment. Mr Chong cited the following aspects: Surajsrikan acted along with premeditation rather than behavioral instinct, as he took a knife and wet wipe with him on the run.


Surajsrikan killed the victim “senselessly, simply to vent his anger over his own circumstances”, said Mr Chong, and in a challenging manner with several stabs.

The particular victim was a stranger to him plus was simply going about his own company, said Mr Chong. Surajsrikan continued to stab him even with the victim tried to get up, and there is a lack of remorse in the conduct after the offence.

Surajsrikan had been traced and caught only six days later, and the offence took place in the middle of the particular circuit breaker period, causing “substantial public disquiet”, said Mr Chong.

Defence lawyer Edmond Pereira concurred with the imposition of a life sentence, but asked the particular judge not to inflict caning.

“To begin with, the accused person and in particular his family wish to show great remorse, regret and sadness for your passing of the departed, ” he stated.

He urged the court to consider that it was not a premeditated act but among impulse.

“When he left house, he did not have got any target in your mind. His intention after that was to harm himself, and in the final, he did not, and the circumstances that brought on him… (are) again not something he previously planned earlier, so it’s something we distribute happened out of behavioral instinct, ” said Mr Pereira.

He added that the time of the offence has been very significant.

“At the time of offending he was 20 years old. He (did) not have any gainful employment, did not excel in education. As we have highlighted, he decreased out of school and has this anxiousness concern about throngs or being in the organization of people, so he kept very much to himself, even when this individual was at home, he didn’t like to listen to noises, even in the neighbours or even family talking loud, therefore he would keep to themself in his room as well as the door closed, inch said Mr Pereira.

He said that even today in remand, Surajsrikan is in remoteness in a single cell.

“(I) don’t know when he’s ever going to get better, if at all, yet that wouldn’t bring the life of the departed back, and that’s something he’s told all of us is haunting him, ” said the particular lawyer.

“He (asked) himself, precisely why did he do it, why not harm himself. He had thoughts of harming himself because he felt useless which he was not helping your family. ”

Mister Pereira added which the date “triggered” him as it was the time Surajsrikan’s father – whom he has never ever met – left his family. It had been also the day this individual was enlisted in NS.

“His stint was very short because of their behaviour, he has been medically downgraded and subsequently discharged from SAF, ” stated the lawyer.

Justice Dedar Singh Gill said Surajsrikan’s sentence “will not bring back the victim” nor “erase remembrances of this painful period”.

“But it really is my hope the fact that sentencing will provide some sort of closure for the family of the victim. Additionally it is my hope that this accused dutifully continues with his medication whilst in prison, ” he said.