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Samurai swordsman who threatened officers on MRT train gets 7 weeks' jail

Published on Jul 16, 2014 1:21 PM
Peter Chua Teck Choon, 39, arrives in State Courts on July 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - The man who got on a bus and MRT train armed with a samurai sword was jailed for seven weeks on Wednesday.

Swordsmanship instructor and tattoo artist Peter Chua Teck Choon, 39, admitted causing hurt, threatening and using force on police officers. Four other charges, including outrage of modesty, were taken into consideration during sentencing.

The court heard that Chua was a substance abuser, had substance-induced psychosis and a long history of defaulting on his appointments at the Institute of Mental Health.

On Dec 16 last year, he wore a samurai outfit and carried a weapon known as a katana on a bus to Paya Lebar MRT station before getting off and poking it at a fellow passenger's stomach, leaving a red mark.

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