Barber from India jailed for killing Malaysian employer

January 1st, 2009 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS  

Johor Baru (Malaysia), Jan 1 (IANS) An Indian youth working as a barber here has been jailed for killing his Malaysian employer, also an ethnic Indian, who allegedly used to sexually abuse him. Nagarajan Vaithilingam, 22, was sentenced to 12 years in jail, The New Straits Times said Thursday.

Two of his compatriots who work at the same barber shop were jointly charged with him but were acquitted following his guilty plea.

Nagarajan was emotionless when the sentence was passed by Sessions Court Judge Abdul Ghafar Abdul Latif.

Nagarajan, Murugesan Natarajan, 36, and Ramalingam Sundaravel, 19, were jointly charged with causing the death of their employer, Ganthi Kanapathy, 33, by hitting him on his head with a stick at the barber shop.

After Nagarajan pleaded guilty, his lawyer Vijayandran Thannigasalam appealed to the court for leniency.

He said the court should take into consideration the circumstances leading to the death of Ganthi as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

Nagarajan, along with Murugesan and Ramalingam, had in earlier court proceedings claimed that they were sexually abused by their employer over a period of time, leading them to confront him.

The court ordered that Murugesan and Ramalingam be handed over to the Immigration Department to be deported to India as their permits expired on May 27 last year.

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