Man who caused father’s death by chokehold plans to appeal 1 year jail sentence

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31-year-old Mark Tan Peng Liat was sentenced to one year in jail on Thursday after he put his 67-year-old father in a chokehold that led to his death during a heated argument last year.

Mark was accused of murder on 10 February 2015. The charge was reduced to culpable homicide not amounting to murder by the time the case went to trial in July the next year.

Mark was eventually convicted of an even lesser charge following a nine-day trial.

The father and son had been quarrelling about money at their home at West coast Rise with the father accusing his businessman son of stealing his money.

Mark did admit to making several withdrawals from an account he jointly held with his father and sister.

The argument turned physical when the elder Tan punched his son. In response, Mark put his father in a chokehold. When his father continued to assault him after Mark released him, the fight continued and the two began scuffling on the floor.

The altercation seemed to have ended when Mark put his father in a second chokehold and thought his Father passed out. Mark got up and walked away while his father was lying on the floor, motionless with his mouth hanging open.

Mark only realised the severity of his chokehold later. He called the police and accompanied his Father to the hospital.

It was too late. Mark’s father died due to “manual compression of the neck with contributory cause of hypertensive heart disease,” according to the autopsy report, with 31 injuries consistent with a struggle being found on his body, evidence that “a significant amount of force” on the neck region had cut off oxygen supply to the brain.

District Judge Eddy Tham said that the prosecution had not proven that Mark knew holding his father in a chokehold would lead to his death. The Judge instead convicted Mark of causing death by a rash act – a reduced charge – since he believed there was “no doubt” that Mark only wanted to restrain his father and did not mean to kill him.

Mark intends to appeal against the conviction and sentence, according to his lawyer.

The prosecution also plans to contest the one-year-sentence and decision to convict Mark for causing a death by a rash act instead of convicting him for culpable homicide.

For causing death by a rash act, Mark may have been jailed for 5 years and fined. If he had been convicted of culpable homicide, he would have faced a maximum of 10 years’ jail and caning.

Mark was also fined $5000 for the illegal possession of 13 air-pistols at court.

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46 comments

  1. The law has not taken into consideration that this young man disgusting act of stealing from the father and sister joint account. His greed and theft are the obvious reasons why such tragedy happened.

    There are many way to restrain or stop a person from hitting him further.In this case, we are taking about a much older man and obviously bigger build young man. Furthermore the old man did not attack him weapon that could have kill him.

    Obviously acting ignorance is the best way to escape a harsher sentence.

  2. Low Jasper says:

    A human doing the act of the devil and still want to ask for light sentence for a year jail?
    Look like he has no regret and after release likely will give more trouble to his sister
    He need to repent and seek God to wash away his sin.

  3. Sim Melvin says:

    ln Sin, anything goes.
    There is ONLY MONEY TALKS.
    No love in family and therefore no love in society.
    Rulers exploit the People with Manipulations.
    Children exploit the Love of their Parents.
    Businesses exploit their customers.
    Sin indeed is pervasive in this sick society.

  4. A son killing his father is a simple and emotional story that the average citizen can eat up instead of understanding subtle nuance that exist in real life.

    Also, no one read the article after all.

  5. Ronald Lim says:

    The son should be put away for a much longer period of time. Appealing against such a short sentence goes to show the kind of person he is. How the trial judge could believe his story and let him off with such a light wrist slap is incomprehensible. Maybe the CJ should give sentencing guidelines! Hope that on appeal he will be given a much heavier sentence. The maximum allowable so that he can reflect on his action and repent..

  6. Mel April says:

    1 year jailed for causing death by a rash act while back in 2011 a 24 year old father of two has been given a two years’ jail sentence by Singapore court for breaking into his former workplace and stealing a cash till and the two-dollar bill in it. What the hell?

    1. Pundek Mani Maran ! Commenting the way you comment , guess you are are from the land of rapist ?
      If what you observed is “usually unique singapore ” then it goes that raping woman and child labouring is unique to where you come from !!! Wakalawallei ! Taioleh!

  7. A man killed his father who brought him up?
    He is a terrible monster. On his appeal I hope our laws will put him longer in jail.
    RIP old man. It is unfortunate that you son grow up to be a dracula.

  8. Cabby Omo says:

    Murder is murder.. lah.. he overpower his father by applying the choke hold knowingly. There are other ways to restraint a person. Choke hold is not one of the choice.. RIP old man..

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    Yayi Geylang ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Chinese always received the lightest sentence..Indian medium…but the Malays
    always received the heaviest sentence.
    Bias court system…

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