He turned up in court yesterday expecting to be sentenced, but Visvanathan Vadivelu, 50, disappeared when the court stood down for a while. A warrant of arrest has been issued for the man who had earlier pleaded guilty to armed robbery at a Shell petrol station in Upper Bukit Timah Road in July 2017. He had also pleaded guilty last month to drug consumption and drug possession. Out on $70,000 bail, Visvananthan turned up at the courtroom at about 4pm yesterday, he asked for his plea on three of his charges to be retracted. “I believe I am not strongly responsible for what I had done,” he told the court. When District Judge Kan Shuk Weng asked for the reason for his demands, Visvananthan said he had only agreed to plead guilty to possession of drugs, and had misunderstood what his lawyer had told him. He had discharged his lawyer, Mr A. Revi Shanker, on Monday. Visvanathan also claimed that he was mentally ill, but his lawyer was “not interested” in what he had to say. Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yong urged the court not to give in to Visvanathan’s demands and said he was abusing court procedures, as the… Read full this story
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