Delivery man sentenced to jail and caning for robbing junior college student of phone

SINGAPORE - A delivery man who robbed a junior college student of her mobile phone as she walked to school was on Friday sentenced to two years in jail and six strokes of the cane.

Shaffik Nassar Issa Abdat, 33, pleaded guilty to following and robbing 17-year-old Nur Haireen Mohd Kahalid on July 12, after she passed him on an overhead bridge leading to Meridian Junior College in Pasir Ris.

The court heard that at about 8am that day, he snatched Ms Nur Haireen's phone, which was worth $549, as she was walking down the steps of the bridge. He also kicked her before running away in the opposite direction.

Shaffik sold the phone, which has not been recovered, at a second-hand phone shop for $200. No restitution has been made. Ms Nur Haireen was given three days' medical leave for bruises she suffered during the attack.

Shaffik received a further six months in jail for beating up a man outside a warehouse along Ubi Road 1 and stealing his wallet.

On Aug 19, 2012, he punched and kicked the 51-year-old victim for pushing his friend's motorcycle, which was preventing his colleague from reversing their lorry out of a loading bay. The victim in this case suffered injuries including cuts on the head, and was given eight days medical leave.

Shaffik told the court he was divorced and had two young children to support.

For robbery, he could have been jailed between two and ten years and caned at least six strokes. For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have been jailed up to a year and fined $1,000.

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