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An Australian has been jailed for five and a half years for killing a Singaporean man and injuring his wife by hurling a wine bottle from a Singapore skyscraper balcony.

IT contractor Andrew Gosling, 50, threw an empty wine bottle at a dinner gathering of ethnic Malay Muslims two floors below his apartment in August 2019, hitting Nasiari Sunee on the head.

The bottle ricocheted and struck 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 charges of causing death and injury.

Andrew Gosling has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for killing a Singaporean man and injuring his wife by hurling a wine bottle

Andrew Gosling has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for killing a Singaporean man and injuring his wife by hurling a wine bottle

Andrew Gosling has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for killing a Singaporean man and injuring his wife by hurling a wine bottle

The bottle Nasiari Sunee (pictured right, next to his wife) on the head. The bottle ricocheted and struck his wife on the shoulder. Nasiari suffered severe head injuries and died the next day

The bottle Nasiari Sunee (pictured right, next to his wife) on the head. The bottle ricocheted and struck his wife on the shoulder. Nasiari suffered severe head injuries and died the next day

The bottle Nasiari Sunee (pictured right, next to his wife) on the head. The bottle ricocheted and struck his wife on the shoulder. Nasiari suffered severe head injuries and died the next day

Judge Victor Yeo Khee Eng said Gosling displayed a ‘high degree of rashness’ and disregarded the group’s safety when he threw the bottle. His inebriation may have impaired his judgment but not to the extent of causing an unsound mind, the judge said.

Gosling shouted religiously charged vulgarities after throwing the bottle, and the prosecution said his actions demonstrated religious hostility.

The judge agreed and said tolerating criminal acts like Gosling’s would undermine Singapore’s racial and religious harmony. About 15 per cent of Singapore’s multiracial population of nearly 6 million are Muslim.

The judge also said the sentence needed to be a deterrent so people wouldn’t throw dangerous objects from high rises in a country where many people live in them. 

Andrew Gosling (centre, with parents Pamela and Ian) pleaded guilty in February to two charges of causing death and injury

Andrew Gosling (centre, with parents Pamela and Ian) pleaded guilty in February to two charges of causing death and injury

Andrew Gosling (centre, with parents Pamela and Ian) pleaded guilty in February to two charges of causing death and injury

Gosling threw the empty wine bottle at a dinner gathering of ethnic Malay Muslims two floors below his apartment in August 2019

Gosling threw the empty wine bottle at a dinner gathering of ethnic Malay Muslims two floors below his apartment in August 2019

Gosling threw the empty wine bottle at a dinner gathering of ethnic Malay Muslims two floors below his apartment in August 2019

SINGAPORE BOTTLE-THROWING DEATH: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

July 2019: Andrew Gosling began working as a contractor for chemical company Orica in Singapore, his LinkedIn profile says  

August 18, 2019: Gosling allegedly hurls a bottle of red wine from the seventh floor balcony of a Singapore high rise at about 8.40pm

Some 15 metres below on the fifth floor terrace, Nasiari Sunee, 73, is celebrating a relative’s housewarming when he is struck in the head. 

Mr Sunee is cared for by a party attendee, a nurse, and is then taken to hospital. 

August 19, 2019: Mr Sunee dies of his head injuries

August 30: Gosling hands himself in to Singapore Police.

He is charged with causing death by a rash act and is taken into custody

February 2022 : Gosling pleads guilty

April 8: Gosling jailed for five years 

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The judge said he took into account that Gosling was remorseful, turned himself in, pleaded guilty and voluntarily paid some compensation to the family.

He sentenced Gosling to four years in jail for causing Nasiari’s death and 18 months for causing injury to Nasiari’s wife. The sentences are to run consecutively from the day he surrendered in 2019.

Nasiari’s wife, Manisah Sitri, declined to comment on the sentence. She was quoted by Channel News Asia as saying that ‘it’s fate.’ Her son also reportedly said: ‘It’s hard to forgive, only time will heal this.’

Gosling had only been in Singapore for a month before the incident. He told police he thought about using a weapon such as a gun but decided it was a ‘heinous act.’ He then searched for the wine bottle in a trash chute and threw it from the seventh floor at the group attending a housewarming party.

Gosling surrendered to police 10 days later. He told police that he threw the bottle to ‘startle’ the group because he was angry over Islamic militant attacks in the Indonesian island of Bali in 2002 and in Melbourne in 2018 that had killed Australians.

Source: DailyMail AU

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