New Delhi, June 6: A 28-year-old Indian national was sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail in Singapore for planning to drug his female flatmate with the intention to rape her. According to a report by PTI, Annadurai Prabakaran, a private bus driver who has worked in Singapore for more than seven years, started having thoughts about sexual relations with his flatmate. According to court documents, the flatmate was 21-year-old and the incident happened on December 8, 2017.

According to a report by PTI, the man planned to drug the lady and have sexual intercourse with her while she was asleep, the Channel News Asia reported, citing court documents. The next day, he bought two of what he thought were sleeping pills for two dollars.

Reports state that he used one pill to do a test to ensure that the pill would be colourless when dissolved and three days later, he put the other pill into a bottle of water that his flatmate had left unattended.

In a turn of events, the lady took a sip of the water and spat it out when she realised it tasted bitter, according to the report. The victim then called her uncle’s friend, suspecting that Annadurai might have put something into her water, which appeared cloudy. The friend, a female, turned up at the house with a man.

As per details in the court document, the man admitted that he had put the pill in the water and pleaded for forgiveness and also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. His lawyer pleaded for his client to be given the minimum possible sentence. However, Annadurai was sentenced to two years and 10 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.

The water that remained in the bottle was sent to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for analysis, the court heard. According to a PTI report, the HSA toxicology report revealed that the contaminated water contained Sildenafil, a drug for erectile dysfunction treatment. It may cause effects such as a headache and nausea.

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