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78-year-old retiree fined $5,000 for snatching necklace and injuring victim

Published on Feb 10, 2014 1:10 PM
 
A retiree not only snatched a gold necklace off a woman, he was able to escape from two much younger pursuers. -- ST GRAPHICS

A retiree not only snatched a gold necklace off a woman, he was able to escape from two much younger pursuers. But police managed to trace him through his mobile phone which led to his arrest. On Monday, Woon Yin Meng, 78, was fined a total of $5,000 for theft and causing hurt to Madam Tang Sweet Kun.

A community court heard that Woon was living with his son in the Maysprings condominium in Bukit Panjang. On April 21 last year, while returning to the apartment at 8am, he noticed Madam Tang, 76, who was carrying bags of groceries and had a gold necklace around her neck.

Woon followed her and at the void deck along Gangsa Road, he grabbed her neck with his left hand and ripped off the necklace with the other. He also pushed her forward, causing her to fall to the floor and bruising her forehead.

 
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