Singapore: An Indian construction worker was on Monday jailed for 16 years and ordered by a Singapore court to be caned 12 strokes for killing his fellow compatriot in 2012.
Periyasamy Devarajan was 20 years old in 2012 when he bashed 31-year-old Raju Arivazhagen in the face and head with a rock, a branch and three concrete slabs each weighing more than 10 kg, The Strait Times reported.
The High Court heard that the two men, both construction workers, were strangers but chanced upon each other when Arivazhagen was looking for his lost wallet.
Arivazhagen's body was recovered by police from under a flyover later.
Devarajan, a native of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, was initially accused of murder but the charge was later reduced to culpable homicide.
No reason was given in court for why the charge was reduced, according to the Singapore daily.