62-year-old jailed six months for slashing man

A 62-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to six months' jail for slashing a 51-year-old man outside a KTV lounge earlier this year.

Wong Kam Poh, a Singaporean, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, and a count of possessing a scheduled weapon. A count of punching another victim repeatedly in the head was taken into consideration.

Wong also admitted to a charge of criminal intimidation, and a count of causing grievous hurt.

A district court heard that on April 12 this year, Wong was drinking with his friends at City KTV in City Plaza when he was told that two of his female friends were in a dispute with other patrons at the toilet outside the KTV.

Wong then went to confront the unknown patrons.

Shortly after, at about 2.10am, he went back to his apartment in City Plaza, took a flick knife with an 11cm blade, and went back to the area outside the KTV.

At about 2.15am, a passer-by, Mr Wong Bing, 51, saw Wong assaulting one of the patrons.

Mr Wong Bing, whose nationality is not known, went to calm Wong down, but the latter took out the flick knife from under his T-shirt and swung it at Mr Wong Bing. The knife cut two of the victim's fingers, causing a 1cm wound on his right index finger and a minor cut on the right middle finger. Wong then left.

For causing hurt using a weapon likely to cause death, Wong could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.

For unlawful possession of a scheduled weapon, he could have been jailed for up to five years. He was spared caning as those over 50 cannot be caned.

Amir Hussain

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline '62-year-old jailed six months for slashing man'. Print Edition | Subscribe