Singapore NRI sentenced for killing compatriots wife

CRIMjgovinGovindasamy Nallalah, 71, a taxi driver in Singapore was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his friend’s wife by setting her husband’s law office on fire in 2011.

He was initially charged with the murder of Madam Low Foong Meng, the Chinese wife of his lawyer and childhood friend, Rengarajoo Rengasamy Balasamy. The charges found that he had severely beaten the woman with a bicycle chain and padlock at her husband’s office and later he set the place on fire. Madam Low’s charred body was found and postmortem reports revealed that she died from smoke inhalation and sever burns as well as five skull fractures.

Reports say Govindasamy was cleared of murder after a trial and was found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He has now been handed down a sentence of 10 years without caning as he is over 50 years old.

During the trial the court heard that Govindasamy owed Rengarajoo S$ 38,000 in legal fees incurred when the lawyer represented him in a 2002 corruption trial, and he was given a deadline of August 10 to pay up. But on the same morning he went to Rengarajoo’s office and tried to negotiate with Madam Low who told him to get lost. He then made his move. When Rengarajoo returned to his place of work he found his office was on fire, and called the police.