Indian-origin cricket coach in Singapore jailed

Singapore, May 30 (IANS) A former Indian-origin cricket coach here has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for his role in a burglary in May last year.

Jeraj Puvaneshen, 26, pleaded guilty to helping two fellow coaches, Rajeswari Pasupathy and Vigineswari Pasupathy, both sisters, burgle the apartment of one of their students at Hougang area here May 17, 2012, media reports said Thursday.

Both the sisters had represented Singapore in cricket before.

At the time of the incident, Puvaneshen was the cricket coach of St Andrew’s Secondary School and St Andrew’s Junior College.

According to the reports, the sisters came to know that one of their students, a 12-year-old boy, was staying in his flat alone as his parents were away.

They then asked Puvaneshen to take the boys cricket team for a run outside the school in the afternoon.

While the boy was away from his home, the two sisters stole gold jewellery worth S$20,000 and other items from the flat using the keys to the flat they had taken out from the boy’s bag.

District Judge Low Wee Ping found Puvaneshen guilty of helping dispose of the jewellery and also that he did the same with another batch of stolen jewellery in 2009.

The verdict for the Pasupathy sisters is expected July 12.

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