By Ram Tiwary
On 15 September 2003, Singaporean scholars on the collage of latest South Wales in Sydney, Tony Tan Poh Chuan and Tay Chow Lyang, have been brutally murdered of their residence. greater than 8 months later, their housemate and fellow Singaporean, Ram Tiwary, used to be arrested for his or her murders. even supposing Ram proclaimed innocence, he was once discovered to blame in 2006 and sentenced to existence imprisonment. A winning allure overturned the conviction and presented him a retrial, which additionally led to a responsible verdict in 2009. yet simply days after the second one attraction in 2012, the recent South Wales courtroom of felony charm overturned the 2009 conviction and acquitted him. He was once published after spending ninety nine months in greatest safeguard penal complex. What occurred within the court docket that pressured the main senior judges within the kingdom to overturn homicide convictions inside an afternoon of the hearings? From the police claims of 'losing' facts from facts safes, revelations within the court that the DPP had hidden...
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Extra resources for 99 Months. The Case of the Sydney Double Murders
I spent the first few nights after I returned in a hotel. I was given a smartphone, and still have a selfie taken in the full-length lounge mirror titled ‘First pic ever taken on a phone’ – it was that much of a novelty to me. That novelty faded, but that of regained freedom remains ever so sweet. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE ON MANY OCCASIONS, I would look up from the little window of my cell or from the exercise yard to see an aeroplane passing overhead. I would wonder if there was someone in those little windows looking back at me, the two of us looking right at each other, even though we could not make one another out.
Glancing very quickly at the glass barrier, I did not see any reporters or shoulder-mounted cameras. I did catch sight of Rohit and Ramesh, my brother and cousin. As it turned out, the local media was completely unaware that I had been transferred from Sydney, and the media circus I had been dreading did not eventuate (full credit to the Singapore authorities). As soon as I got my bag, the three of us walked quickly out of the terminal building to the car park. After nine-and-a-half years away, it felt like I was ‘swimming’ through the humid Singaporean air.
The apparent calm continued on the other side of the door and I made the decision to venture out cautiously. Opening the door, I came out of my room and walked into a scene – forgive the cliché – out of a nightmare. There was so much blood. Even today, the images in my memory seem to swim and warp in front of my eyes. From my doorway, the first thing I saw was the state of the living room. The table had been upended; the couch and easy chair had been shoved from their usual positions and were partially covered by blood spatter.
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