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Elena Chong
Monday, Jul 14, 2014

Crime

Body in suitcase: Suspect ‘can’t stand cell’

The Straits Times | Elena Chong | Monday, Jul 14, 2014

ONE of the two Pakistani nationals accused of murdering a compatriot asked yesterday to be either sent home or to the gallows as he could not stand the conditions in his cell.

Ramzan Rizwan, 25, made the request when he appeared via video-link with Rasheed Muhammad, 43, at the third mention of his case.

The duo have been charged with murdering Muhammad Noor, 59, at a lodging house in Rowell Road between 12.01am on June 10 and 6.04pm on June 11.

They were remanded for psychiatric assessment last month.

The victim's legless body was found in a blood-soaked suitcase at Syed Alwi Road in Jalan Besar.

The police later found his legs at a Muslim cemetery at Jalan Kubor off Victoria Street.

Yesterday, Ramzan told District Judge Eddy Tham he could not tolerate the conditions in his cell, saying it was "too extreme".

"Either you send me to the gallows or send me back to my country," he said in Urdu through a court interpreter.

Looking worried, he said he did not know how long he had to wait and what would be the outcome.

"All this is tormenting me," he said.

When Ramzan requested again to be sent back to jail in his country, Judge Tham told him he had no power to make such an order.

The prosecution applied for Ramzan to be remanded for further psychiatric assessment.

Rasheed, whose psychiatric assessment has been done, said whatever had happened was wrong.

"It is my wrongdoing," he told the judge.

He was emotional when he talked about his eight children - six girls and two boys - all of whom are not working.

elena@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on July 12, 2014.
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