Khushwant Singh – Straits Times
A Singapore businessman, who punched and fractured a gangster’s jaw, was spared a jail sentence as the judge called the case “exceptional.”
Ong Long Hock, 64, was fined $3,000 on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to a charge of intending to injure 32-year-old Lee Tze Wei, a sales executive.
A district court heard the recounting from Feb. 2009, when Ong and some family members were dinning at the Punggol Nasi Lemak restaurant near Tanjong Katong Road.
On the way to queue for the food, daughter-in-law Delia Chiang Chia Yen, 31, was pestered by Lee and his friend.
The duo said they were gangsters, and swore at her and her husband. Before Ong’s family members could call the police, the two men started punching and kicking Ong’s son. A third assailant also joined in.
The patriarch tried to break up the fight and was also hit.
When the three assailants tried to flee, Ong and his son managed to grab Lee and pin him to the ground. It is not clear if that’s when Ong struck Lee in his jaw, but District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said that after Lee had been caught, the correct thing to do was to await the police.
“Assaulting him at this point was clearly excessive,” said the judge, though he only fined and did not imprison the businessman.
Lee had also been charged with causing grievous hurt — his case has yet to be heard.
Reprinted courtesy of Straits Times