Singaporean gangster whose punch killed American stuntman jailed 10 years

Stuntman Nelson fell and hit his head on the kerb after he was punched and later died. - The John Denley Nelson Fund/GoFundMe

A restaurant server who was part of a group that went on a Christmas Eve rampage in 2015 was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane on Friday after punching a stuntman who later died.

The group of 15 had gone on a violent spree around the Boat Quay area after midnight, attacking strangers at will.

It ended at 3am when Muhammad Khalis Ramlee, 25, punched John Denley Nelson, 30, in the head after the American intervened when Khalis’ friends were seen bothering a woman.

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Khalis, who was a secret society member like several others in the group, pleaded guilty to two related counts of rioting on Friday. He also admitted to consuming methamphetamine after the drug was detected in his urine in January last year.

The court heard that after Khalis punched Nelson, the American landed heavily and hit his head on the kerb. The stuntman at Universal Studios Singapore suffered serious head injuries and died on Jan 1, last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yi Ling said in her submissions: “(An eyewitness) described (the blow) as a lunging punch, where the accused had taken two very big steps with full force and full weight behind the punch. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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