Pathip’s claim that his mind went blank during the killing was not consistent with his actions, said the judge. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
A 24-YEAR-OLD man was found guilty on Friday of murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend in Ang Mo Kio more than two years ago.
Friends and family of Pathip Selvan Sugumaran who packed the courtroom wailed as the High Court passed the mandatory death sentence on him for the murder of Miss Jeevitha Panippan.
The body of Miss Jeevitha, a private student and kindergarten teacher, was discovered on July 8, 2008, behind an electrical substation opposite Block 154, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5. She had 15 external injuries, out of which three wounds were fatal blows.
Pathip, who is known to his family and friends as ‘Marsiling Baby’, did not dispute that he killed her on the night of July 7, 2008.
But he claimed that he had been provoked by Miss Jeevitha who had taunted him by saying her new beau was better in bed. He said he lost self-control and his mind was ‘blank’ during the stabbing.
Defence psychiatrist Tommy Tan said Pathip has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition associated with impulsivity and rage, and that this abnormal mental state reduced his responsibility for the killing.
Read the full story in Saturday’s edition of The Straits Times.