Indian national Chelladurai Lenin, 42, reportedly fell at a construction site, but did not want to be sent to hospital because he was working here illegally and was afraid of being deported. He later died of a fractured skull and bleeding in the head, reported the Straits Times, January 20, 2012.

According to his wife, Madam Kunjathammal, her husband came to work in Singapore in 2000. They had three children.

Chelladurai’s employer and owner of a furniture repair business, Tay Kok Eng, 56, was charged with dumping the dead worker’s body on a pavement along Upper Changi Road on March 30, 2010. He also faces a charge of hiring an illegal foreign worker in his company, Midas Maintenance and Services.

If convicted of illegally depositing a corpse, Tay could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,000. For hiring an illegal worker, he could be jailed between six months and two years and fined up to $6,000.

The same news story also mentioned an earlier case:

In 1997, a Bangladeshi illegal worker was dumped in a monsoon drain after he was injured in a worksite accident. The then 24-year-old Mohamad Bashar had been working at a construction site when he was hit by a descending lift, leaving him paralysed from waist down. His employers then drove him to a forested area off Jalan Ulu Sembawang and left him there.

Mr Bashar was rescued about three hours later when the occupants of a passing military jeep heard his cries for help.

Two of the three men who dumped him there were sentenced to 18 months and 15 months in jail. The third man jumped bail after he was charged.

— Straits Times, January 20, 2012: Man charged with dumping worker’s body, by Fiona Low