Sunday, 29 July 2018

99 Months: The Case of the Sydney Double Murders by Ram Tiwary

Paperback:  On 15 September 2003, two Singaporean students at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Tony Tan Poh Chuan and Tay Chow Lyang - both engineering students - were brutally murdered in their apartment.  They had been stabbed and beaten to death.

Their housemate and fellow Singaporean Ram Tiwary was arrested for their murders.  He was arrested 8-and-a-half months after the murders, at the age of 25 years and 9 days.  Although he told the court he was asleep in his room at the time, he was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in 2006. 

The case went through a retrial in 2009 but the verdict was the same.  In 2012, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the earlier conviction and he was released after spending 8 years in maximum security jail.

Ram Tiwary returned to Singapore in 2012 after his release.  Although a free man, the memories of that fateful day and the experience of 99 months of incarceration continue to haunt him today.

Was he convicted of a crime he did not commit?

Was crucial evidence overlooked in favour of a hasty conviction?

And who, then, is really responsible for the murders of his friends?

99 Months (2014) is Ram Tiwary's own story of the events on the day of the murders, the two trials, life in prison and the appeal process until his acquittal. 

About the author:  Convicted, sentenced to life imprisonment but ultimately acquitted of the 2003 murders of his two flatmates in Sydney, Singaporean Ram Puneet Tiwary shares his side of the story in a new memoir.  In a 2014 interview, Tiwary said friends convinced him he needed to set the record straight about his involvement in the killings.  He also hoped that the book might prompt new witnesses to come forward and help solve his flatmates' murders.  He declined to talk about his personal life or job.

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