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By Neo Chai Chin – 01 May 2013
SINGAPORE — Two men on death row for murder had their cases sent back to the High Court for resentencing yesterday — the first since the law was amended to give judges sentencing discretion in some murder cases.
Both men are foreign nationals whose appeals had been dismissed by the Court of Appeal before Parliament passed amendments to the Penal Code last November. Previously, the death penalty was mandatory for all murder cases.
Indian national Gopinathan Nair Remadevi Bijukumar’s case was heard first yesterday afternoon. The prosecution did not object when his lawyer Shashi Nathan sought for his matter to be heard again before a trial judge.
Gopinathan, 37, a former shipyard worker, was found guilty of murdering Filipino prostitute Roselyn Reyes Pascua. She was found dead in her rented room in Peony Mansion in Bencoolen Street in March 2010.
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