Duo sentenced to jail, caning over fatal assault at Orchard Towers

Orchard Towers, where the attack on Frenchman Navarro Dorian Regis took place. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

Two men who fatally assaulted a French national at Orchard Towers in April last year have been handed jail sentences of at least five years each along with multiple strokes of the cane.

Radin Abdullah Syafii and Muhammad Daniel Abdul Jalil, both 24, had earlier pleaded guilty to one and two counts of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, respectively.

At the State Courts on Thursday (19 October), Radin was sentenced to five years’ jail while Daniel was jailed five years and three months. Both will also receive six strokes of the cane each.

On 1 April 2016, Radin and Daniel visited a nightclub at Orchard Towers along with three friends. At around 6am, Daniel got into an argument with another member of his group outside the building. Daniel’s hat was swiped off his head during the confrontation, landing near French national Navarro Dorian Regis’ feet.

As Radin moved to retrieve the hat, Regis picked it up and threw it towards Daniel’s group. Radin felt mocked by the act and confronted Regis, who was with two other French nationals at the time.

Regis refused to apologise and was subsequently attacked by both Daniel and Radin. The pair punched and kicked Regis, who was also kicked in the face by Radin. Goudal Pierre-Eric Jules Jean, one of Regis’ friends, tried to intervene but was punched by Daniel instead. Regis was conveyed to the Singapore General Hospital, where he slipped into a coma and passed away six weeks later.

Before meting out his sentence, District Judge Kenneth Yap Yew Chow called the attack a vicious one which was “out of proportion”. The maximum jail term for voluntarily causing grievous hurt is 10 years’ imprisonment, along with a fine, or caning.

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