18-year-old ITE student stabs schoolmate in Bukit Batok after splashing drinks on each other
The accused had concealed a foldable knife in her sock.
An 18-year-old ITE student, Tusheta Saravanan, has been convicted of stabbing her 17-year-old schoolmate, Logeswari Natarajah, in the abdomen and slashing her left arm with a foldable knife.
On Oct. 8, Tusheta pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon, with two more charges of carrying an offensive weapon in public and dishonest misappropriation of property taken into consideration, The New Paper (TNP) reported.
Her actions were called by District Judge Eddy Tham as “extremely dangerous”.
She is currently in remand while her case has been adjourned for reports on reformative training suitability and probation to be completed.
Did not know each other
International Business Times (IBT) reported that the incident happened on Feb. 21, at an overhead bridge along Bukit Batok Road, near the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West.
It started when Tusheta, who was drinking from a bottle of green tea, splashed Logeswari as she walked by.
Tusheta was accompanied by two friends while Logeswari was accompanied by three. Neither parties knew each other.
This started an argument, which ended when Logeswari left.
Returned to splash milo
Tusheta then stayed on the bridge afterwards with her friends.
Concerned that Logeswari would return, Tusheta took a foldable knife with a blade that was 8cm long from her sock and put it in the pocket of her jacket.
Subsequently, when Logeswari did return with a cup of milo and splashed it on Tusheta’s face, she stabbed Logeswari in response.
Their friends intervened after realising that Logeswari had been stabbed.
Expelled from school
TNP noted that Tusheta subsequently picked up a golden pendant belonging to Logeswari after the fight, which she passed to her friend with the intention to sell it.
IBT reported that the accused has since been expelled from school while Logeswari has recovered and returned to school.
Tusheta is due to return to court on Oct. 15.
A person guilty of voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon may either be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, a fine, caning, or with any combination of such punishments.
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