An Australian man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for killing a Singapore man and injuring his wife by throwing a bottle of liquor at a dinner party on the second floor of a seventh-floor apartment.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – An Australian man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for killing a Singaporean man and injuring his wife by throwing a bottle of liquor at them on Friday, a court has said.
Andrew Gosling threw an empty bottle of wine at an ethnic Malay Muslim dinner on the second floor of his apartment in August 2019, hitting Nasiri Suni on the head. He grabbed the bottle and hit his wife on the shoulder. Nasiari, a 73-year-old delivery driver, suffered severe head injuries and died the next morning.
Gosling pleaded guilty in February to two counts of murder and injury.
Judge Victor Yoo Khe Ying said Gosling displayed a “high degree of agility” and ignored the safety of the team when he threw the bottle. His drinking may harm his judgment but not to the extent of creating a restless mind, the judge said.
Gosling shouted religiously accused obscenity after throwing the bottle and the prosecution showed religious hostility to his actions. The judge agreed and said that enduring criminal acts like Gosling would undermine Singapore’s ethnic and religious harmony. Muslims make up about 15% of Singapore’s 6 million multinational population.
The judge added that the punishment should be a deterrent so that people could not throw dangerous objects from high ground in a country where many people live.
The judge said he considered that Gosling was remorseful, turned himself in, pleaded guilty and voluntarily paid some compensation to the family.
He sentenced Gosling to four years in prison for killing Nasiari and 18 months for injuring Nasiari’s wife. These convictions will continue from the day he surrendered in 2019.
Nasiri’s wife, Monissah Sitri, declined to comment. “It’s fate,” he was quoted as saying by Channel News Asia. Her son also said: “It’s hard to forgive, only time will heal it.”
Gosling was in Singapore for just one month before the incident. He told police he thought of using a weapon like a gun but decided it was a “heinous act.” He then finds the liquor bottle in a trash can and throws it from the seventh floor to the party attending a housewarming party.
Gosling surrendered to police 10 days later. He told police he threw the bottle to “surprise” the group because he was angry at the Islamic militant attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali in 2002 and Melbourne in 2018 that killed Australians.