Australian admits hurling wine bottle that killed Singaporean in attempt to ‘startle’ Muslims – AWS For WP

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to hurling a wine bottle from his apartment at a group of Muslims having a dinner party that struck and killed a Singaporean man.

Andrew Gosling is being tried in a Singapore court on a charge of committing a rash act that caused the death of 73-year-old delivery driver Nasiari Sunee in August 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to another charge of injuring Mr Nasiari’s wife.

Prosecutors said the acts demonstrated religious hostility, but the defense said Mr Gosling’s judgment was impaired by alcohol.

Mr Gosling, who had been in Singapore for a month, faces a possible seven years in jail.

They said Mr Gosling committed the offenses after seeing a dinner gathering of ethnic Malay Muslims from his apartment balcony.

He told police that he initially thought of using a weapon such as a gun to shoot at the group, but decided against it because he felt it would be a “heinous act.”

When he went to the rubbish chute on the seventh floor where he lived, he found an empty wine bottle and hurled it at the group two floors down, hitting Mr Nasiari on the head as he was about to eat at a relative’s house-warming party .

The bottle ricocheted off Mr Nasiari’s head and struck his wife, injuring her shoulder. Mr Nasiari received severe head injuries and died the next morning.

‘Hostile thoughts towards Muslims’

Mr Gosling fled after his act but surrendered to police 10 days later.

He told police that he threw the bottle to “startle” the group because he was angry over religiously motivated attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali in 2002 and a separate incident that took place in Melbourne in 2018.

“He fled the scene to evade detection, shouting crude, religiously charged vulgarities about Muslims.…. The rash act can not be viewed in isolation. It must be seen together with the religious aggravation,” Mr Kannan said, calling the action “outrageous, senseless and appalling. “