Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing

A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a “lady boy”.Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year, .abc.net.au reported. “He was angry that the deceased had parked his car in the driveway, angry because the deceased had called him a ‘lady boy’.“All the evidence suggests the accused remained at the scene being hostile and aggressive towards the deceased, even after the fatal stabbing.”The court heard both men had previously lived together but the victim moved into a house on the opposite side of Griffiths Street after the pair had a falling out. Both men came to Australia as refugees from Sri Lanka. It took the jury just two hours to unanimously convict Mr Sivaperuman’s neighbour Satheeswaran Suppiah, 31, of murder. “The accused’s account that he only had it with him for cutting apples or being playful is a nonsense,” he said.Suppiah showed little emotion after the verdict and kept his head down as he was shown from the dock.His lawyer, Greg Mead, had earlier urged the jury not to convict him of murder.“This man is no murderer,” he said.“What sort of murderer is it who deliberately and intentionally inflicts a fatal stab wound and then immediately rings the police and ambulance and asks them to in fact save the victim, then hangs around in his own house across the road from the scene of the crime?“Is that the behaviour of a deliberate, calculating killer or a man under the influence of alcohol who has done something that was not meant to happen, was unintentional and accidental?”Submissions on Suppiah’s sentence will be heard in July. Mr Norman said Suppiah repeatedly tried to blame another man for the death, telling police he only had the knife to cut apples.Suppiah claimed another man grabbed his hand and forced the knife into the victim’s stomach.But Mr Norman said all of the evidence suggested the other man was not even there and that Suppiah deliberately took the knife with him. The Supreme Court previously heard he was stabbed with a large kitchen knife with such force the blade damaged his spine and exposed his intestine. Prosecutor Mark Norman said Suppiah hid the knife in his shorts, got into an argument with the victim and stabbed him.“On a hot day, after drinking hot liquor, his hot temper lead him to murder a man,” he said. read more

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Mens soccer Ohio State stares down date with Michigan

OSU senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick looks to gather possession of the ball in the second half against Rutgers on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is back in action this Friday at 7 p.m., as they take to the road to face off against Big Ten rival Michigan.The season is in its final stages, and for the Buckeyes it has not quite gone according to plan. Despite the team’s yearlong struggles, OSU still has a chance to earn a spot in the top half of the conference standings before the start of the Big Ten tournament.“The out of conference games haven’t been going our way,” said redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. “We still have a decent standing in the Big Ten. We have to win to try and get that home playoff game. The team is excited and ready to go.”As of late, OSU has been on the verge of taking down some high-level competition, but has been unable to close out games. After having the lead at halftime of their last two games, the Buckeyes came away with a draw against Indiana and dropped a 2-1 contest against Louisville.“It is good that we are putting ourselves in these positions where we are competitive with these good teams but we have to knock somebody off,” coach John Bluem said. “We had the lead in both those games and couldn’t hold onto it. It’s been tough. This team needs a win like that to really take us over the edge and get us going.”The Buckeyes have three games remaining on the schedule, two of which are against Big Ten opponents. With the goal of a high seed in the conference tournament, the team must start with a win over Michigan.At 2-8-4 overall (1-4-1 B1G), the Wolverines have struggled mightily on the year.Michigan has been outscored 20-11 by its opponents. Its only wins came on back-to-back 2-0 victories at home over Detroit and Penn State.The Wolverines leading scorer is midfielder Francis Atuahene. The sophomore from Ghana has found the back of the net four times this year while also posting an assist to give himself a team leading nine points.This will be the 32nd meeting between the two teams, with OSU holding a 20-10-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Buckeyes are 4-5-1 all-time in Ann Arbor.The last time these two teams matched up, OSU came away with a 3-1 victory in Columbus that secured the Big Ten regular season title. The Buckeyes have won nine of the last 12 meetings.Despite the Buckeyes having an upper hand in the all-time series, the rivalry between the two schools is still very present.“Being from Columbus, you are born knowing the rivalry between Ohio State and the “team up north,”” said senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick. “It’s a tradition. We will go up there fired up for a win.”With the Big Ten tournament on the horizon, the Scarlet and Gray know this is a game they cannot afford to lose.  “Even though it is two teams that aren’t having great seasons, it’s a game that looms big on both of our schedules,” Bluem said. “It is a must win situation.” read more

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