Updated: 02/12/2014 02:11

No offence committed for Little India riot driver



No offence committed for Little India riot driver

After a careful and extensive study of the evidence presented to it - the Attorney-General's Chambers has concluded that the driver involved in the fatal accident that led to the Little India riot did not commit any offence. 

And no further action will be taken against him. 

In the accident along Race Course Road on 8 December last year, Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravel died after he was knocked down by the bus driven by Lee Kim Huat.

Lim was arrested the next day and released on bail pending investigations.

The AGC said the Traffic Police had submitted its investigation papers to AGC in January 2014.

This includes evidence, such as video footages, written statements from witnesses.

AGC says investigations show that before the accident, Sakthivel was asked to disembark from the bus because of misbehaviour and he duly complied.

He then walked in an unsteady manner towards Race Course Road.

Investigations later showed he was moderately to severely intoxicated - with an alcohol level of 217mg/100ml of blood. 

This is close to three times the legal limit for driving. 

The AGC adds that video footage showed Sakthivel started running after the bus after it had moved off.

He then placed his hand against the left side of the moving bus.

This caused him to lose his balance and fall into the path of the moving bus.

The bus driver was then driving at a very low overall speed of about 5.6 to 5.9 kilometers per hour.

His attention was engaged in avoiding the heavy human traffic around the bus, as well as negotiating between stationary and moving vehicles along Tekka Lane as he filtered out.

AGC says the driver could not be expected to foresee that the deceased had run after the moving bus, nor could he have expected him to fall into the path of the bus. 

Attorney-General Steven Chong S.C. says the Prosecution had studied all the relevant facts carefully and concluded that the bus-driver is not criminally liable for the road traffic accident that led to the death of the pedestrian. 

Mr Chong says this was an unfortunate tragic accident, but it is the Prosecution's duty to assess the facts objectively and to apply the law in an even-handed and fair way.

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