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Singaporean man jailed for setting fire after failed relationship

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Police were called after several burnt shoes were found. (Representative)

Singapore:

A 30-year-old Singaporean man of Indian origin has been sentenced to six months in jail for setting a fire outside his former girlfriend’s fiancé’s flat before their wedding, according to a report.

Surenthiran Sugumaran was sentenced in October this year after pleading guilty to a charge of mischief by burning knowing he was likely to cause property damage, the Straits Times reported on Friday.

Filled with anger and jealousy when he learned that his former girlfriend was getting married, he had lit a fire in front of the HLM where his fiancé lived.

On March 11, he found out through an Instagram post that his former girlfriend was getting married to a person named Mr. Mohammad Azli Mohammad Salleh the next day.

Mr. Sugumaran decided to lock the front door of the man’s flat and start a fire to cause inconvenience to Mr. Azli ahead of his wedding ceremony.

Wearing a black hoodie, which he then used to cover his face to avoid detection by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Mr Sugumaran arrived at the victim’s block , taking an elevator to the 12th floor and the stairs to the 13th floor. .

Deputy Attorney General Bharat S. Punjabi said in October that Mr Sugumaran had taken this route to further escape CCTV. When Mr. Azli opened the door to his unit at 8:22 a.m. and found his front door locked and several burnt shoes, he called the police.

On Friday, District Judge Eugene Teo said in his sentencing that “such offenses are very dangerous for the occupants of the apartment.”

“I must take into account the circumstances in which you planned these offences, including the fact that you also closed the premises and the purpose for which you committed this series of acts,” the judge quoted in the report said.

Those who commit mischief by setting fire with intent to cause or knowing it will likely cause damage to property can be imprisoned for up to seven years and fined.

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