He should have stood trial

March 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

One of the men accused of raping a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus found dead in jail. …

The alleged ringleader in a gang and murder case that sparked outrage across , Singh was found dead in his prison cell on Monday, once again putting the New Delhi slum he used to call home in an unwanted spotlight.

This is a pity. I think more good would have been done by having him stand trial, and the country and the world hearing what happened.

Authorities in New Delhi’s Tihar jail said Singh hanged himself before dawn. His father rejected that explanation, saying he believed his son was murdered.

“He confessed about his mistake, then why would he commit ? He was prepared for any punishment the government would have given him,” Mange Lal Singh told reporters in his home in the slum.

His mistake???

I think we are starting to see how attitudes can be passed on from one generation to the next.

Legal experts said Singh’s death does not undermine the prosecution’s case against the other accused, which was largely based on DNA evidence and the testimony of the rape victim before she died and her friend.

Good.

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8 Responses to “He should have stood trial”

  1. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Hung himself – bullshit.

    Almost all about what evidence he was going to give.

    One thing you can say though – he wont rape again…………..

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  2. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    DPF: I think more good would have been done by having him stand trial, and the country and the world hearing what happened.

    How would that have been a better outcome? We know what happened. We know he’s guilty. If anything, we need more criminals killing themselves – a pity most of ours are too much in love with themselves to do that, and the threat of NZ prison is pretty weak.

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  3. RRM (9,915 comments) says:

    DPF:

    His mistake???

    I think we are starting to see how attitudes can be passed on from one generation to the next.

    I wouldn’t get too semantic about the parents’ choice of words. It must be hell dealing with the knowledge that your child has done something hideously wrong, let alone be asked to talk about that eloquently to the waiting news media.

    I was quite shocked by that Chinese student body in the suitcase off Akl harbour bridge case.. when the father of one of the killers stood up in court after the conviction, apologised to the victim’s family for raising a son who could do such a thing, then publicly disowned his son. That would be pretty hard to do. Anyone who’s picked up and held and kissed their own baby is going to back him through anything. He’ll always be your baby, no matter who he becomes or what he does.

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  4. Harriet (4,967 comments) says:

    “…His mistake?…I think we are starting to see how attitudes can be passed on from one generation to the next…”

    Well we’ve been seeing that for about 30yrs now… and you’ve just noticed?…..

    ….with intergenerational welfare dependancy and the like everywhere ? C’mon DPF….you make better comments than that….your letting yourself down!

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  5. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    Harriet – you forgot to do a sunglasses wearing emoticon.

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  6. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    Sounds like the father is basically saying his son got put in a shared cell, and was being regularly seen to by his cell mates. There is question about whether he hanged himself or someone else did it for him, there’s no question that he was having a rather unpleasant time of things. I should imagine that given he’d already confessed and given the witnesses + DNA evidence, he would have been pretty sure that he was going to get convicted. I should imagine that he really only had another 40 years of the same treatment to look forward to – I can certainly imagine he topped himself.

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,559 comments) says:

    Indian Politics, no corruption here, oh no, heaven forbid

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  8. cha (4,008 comments) says:

    Tough.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/03/india-gang-rape-suspect-dies-his-cell-was-it-suicide-or-murder/62943/

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