Gangster jailed and caned for assault on 'innocent' men
A 40-year-old man and eight other gang members attacked two men having dinner with their family members at a hawker centre last May for "talking too loudly". Soh Ying Kuan and his accomplices rained punches and kicks and even used empty beer bottles to hit the victims' heads and backs while shouting their gang's slogan.
Although the injuries suffered by the two men were not serious, this did not save Soh from a long spell behind bars.
In passing sentence, District Judge Low Wee Ping said that while the usual penalty for gang-related rioting with no grievous hurt to victims was two-and-a-half years' jail and six strokes of the cane, he was sentencing Soh to four years in jail and six strokes of the cane because of "the manner (Soh) had executed the violence".
The judge pointed out that the victims were "innocent members of the public having dinner" and that the assault had left their family members "heavily traumatised".