Bus passenger punches retiree repeatedly for snapping photo of him resting feet on seat

A bus passenger did not just slap a retiree for trying to snap a picture of him resting his feet on a seat. Luah Kok Boon, 28, also punched Madam Eunice Sim Lee Koon, 61, several times.

The unemployed man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to hurting her and was fined $4,000 by a district court. As he was unable to pay the fine, Luah, who did not have a lawyer, has to serve 20 days in jail. He was also ordered to compensate the victim with $1,000.

Madam Sim, who was on her way to the Toa Payoh Interchange, boarded bus service 143 at 9.45pm on July 9 last year. As she sat on the third seat from the rear of the bus, she saw Luah sitting behind with his feet on the seat facing him. She told him that he should not be doing that as people would have to sit there. He ignored her.

She then tried to snap a picture of him with her cell phone. As she was taking it from her handbag, he lunged forward and slapped and punched her. The diminutive Luah, who is 1.5m tall and about 40kg, only stopped after another passenger came to her rescue. Police were called and he was arrested.

His assault on Madam Sim was captured by surveillance cameras on the bus and this footage was shown in court.

There was no sound but court papers stated that he had slapped so hard, the sound of the blow was heard by the driver in front of the bus.

She sought treatment at the Singapore General Hospital for a bruised cheek and lip.

For causing hurt, Luah could have been jailed for up to two years, or fined up to $5,000, or sentenced to both.