Updated: 01/25/2014 02:20

Alleged Little India rioter expected to plead guilty



Alleged Little India rioter expected to plead guilty

A 32-year-old Indian national is expected to be the first among 25 men allegedly involved in the Little India riot to plead guilty. 

Chinnappa Vijayaragunatha Poopathi will likely plead guilty to a reduced charge of being involved in an assembly of at least 5 people, despite being ordered to disperse. 

He was originally charged with rioting -- which carries a jail term of up to seven years and caning. 

Chinnappa -- who is represented by lawyer Sunil Sudheesan -- will be back in court next month for his plea to be taken. 

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to five years, and a fine.

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