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Andrew Gosling Singapore bottle throwing: Victim’s family’s message of forgiveness

The shattered family of a Muslim grandfather has issued a stunning message of forgiveness, after he was killed by a wine bottle an Australian man allegedly threw off a balcony. 

Nasiari Sunee, 73, died after IT contractor Andrew Gosling, 47, apparently chucked a bottle of Italian red from the seventh floor of a Singapore apartment complex on August 19. Mr Sunee was two storeys below and was struck in the head.

Despite the family being wracked with grief, Mr Sunee’s nephew Mohammed Nafis told Daily Mail Australia he wanted the IT worker’s family to know ‘truly, we bear no grudges’ over the tragedy.

The nephew said rejoicing in the Australian man’s arrest and seeking vengeance weren’t the answer, and ‘we best let the law of Singapore … deal with Mr Gosling as it deems (right) for his (rash) act.’

Andrew Gosling (centre, with parents Pamela and Ian) is expected to plead guilty to a charge of ‘causing death with a rash act’ – after he allegedly chucked a bottle off a hi-rise balcony

The 47-year-old Australian IT worker allegedly threw the wine bottle from the seventh floor of a 35-storey building - fatally striking grandfather Nasiari Sunee, 73, in the head

The 47-year-old Australian IT worker allegedly threw the wine bottle from the seventh floor of a 35-storey building – fatally striking grandfather Nasiari Sunee, 73, in the head 

‘We believe that our loss through this incident was very unfortunate to happen,’ Mr Nafis said. 

‘But if it was decreed upon us to face such a fate then we should embrace it with lots of love and a high level of maturity as thinking adults. 

‘Every living thing will one day move on in life just that nobody knows how ‘they’ will be put to rest.

Singapore police allege Gosling allegedly hurled a bottle of Polissena Il Borro sangiovese from the seventh floor of 35-storey building about 8.30pm. 

The $40AUD bottle struck delivery driver Nasiari Sunee in the head as he celebrated a late-summer housewarming with family 15m below, on the fifth floor terrace. 

Mr Sunee’s eldest daughter told The Straits Times relatives heard two ‘thuds’ and then found Mr Sunee on the ground, bleeding from his head. 

He was taken to hospital, but did not come to and died the next day.

The bottle was found – in tact – on a nearby table and police quickly began fingerprinting residents and grilling witnesses for their recollections.

It was ten days before Gosling handed himself in to authorities. During that time, Mr Sunee’s nephew released a furious screed on Facebook post.

The nephew of Nasiari Sunee (pictured right) said that 'truly, we bear no grudges' over the tragedy

The nephew of Nasiari Sunee (pictured right) said that ‘truly, we bear no grudges’ over the tragedy

Mohammed Nafis said 'being vengeful just means stirring more hatred and truly there is already enough of that going on around the world'

Mohammed Nafis said ‘being vengeful just means stirring more hatred and truly there is already enough of that going on around the world’

SINGAPORE BOTTLE-THROWING DEATH: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Andrew Gosling is expected to plead guilty to the charge of 'causing death with a rash act', his lawyer has said - but she was awaiting confirmation

Andrew Gosling is expected to plead guilty to the charge of ‘causing death with a rash act’, his lawyer has said – but she was awaiting confirmation

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

September 17: Gosling next returns to court 

 

‘What an utter disgrace you are to your parents and family,’ he thundered. 

Mohammed called for the culprit to look himself in the mirror and know what he had done. 

‘I am very sure that you can never ever forgive yourself but that is if in the very first place you even have a sense of guilt.’ 

But Mohammed later said: ‘What he did during that moment of folly caused us enough grievances already. 

‘So there is no need for us to now turn it into bitterness by rejoicing in his plight and predicament. 

‘Being vengeful just means stirring more hatred and truly there is already enough of that going on around the world.’ 

Gosling’s lawyer Gloria James told Nine News her client was ‘trembling’ when he first came to her offices and told her what had allegedly happened. 

He was on August 30 with the offence of ‘causing death with a rash act’. The charge carries up to five years’ jail time. 

Ms James said before Gosling went into custody, he signalled he would plead guilty to the charge.

She told Nine she suspects he may have allegedly thrown the bottle out of ‘mischief’. 

If convicted, Gosling is likely to be imprisoned in the city’s infamous Changi prison, the island’s largest. 

Public caning is used as a disciplinary measure and inmates sleep on hard, concrete floors. Caning is also sometimes incorporated into jail sentences.  

Singapore's Changi prison is a likely destination for Gosling, should he be convicted of the charge. Caning is used for discipline there, and is sometimes part of a prison sentence

Singapore’s Changi prison is a likely destination for Gosling, should he be convicted of the charge. Caning is used for discipline there, and is sometimes part of a prison sentence

Gosling’s Melbourne-based parents have said the alleged incident was out of character. 

In an interview with Seven News, his mother, Pamela, said they feel ‘very sorry to the family involved’ and that her son didn’t have a ‘malicious bone in his body’.  

Gosling’s father, Ian, said the fact his son was willing to hand himself in to police was a testament to his sense of ethics. 

‘He’s prepared to face up and do what is necessary,’ Mr Gosling said. ‘He couldn’t even comprehend, we believe, why it happened or why it happened.’  

Mr Sunee was buried last month. Gosling has undergone a psychological assessment and his case returns to court on September 17. 

Daily Mail Australia has sent questions to Gosling’s lawyer.

BOTTLE VICTIM’S FAMILY’S FULL FORGIVENESS POST

Mohammed Nafis – the victim’s nephew – wrote on Facebook after Andrew Gosling’s arrest:

‘I would like to on my own timeline thank the many netizens and friends alike who asked for a more deterrent sentencing in light of the culprit being caught because you too felt our pain. 

‘Many asked for a definite fair judgement and not be biased just because Mr. Andrew Gosling is a foreigner on this soil.

‘Then again, it truly does not matter because what he (allegedly) did during that very moment of folly caused us enough grievances already. 

‘So there is no need for us to now turn it into bitterness by rejoicing in his plight and predicament. 

‘Being vengeful just means stirring more hatred and truly there is already enough of that going on around the world.’

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