Elderly man jailed two weeks for assaulting neighbour

Peh Swee Tong, 82, who pleaded guilty to causing hurt to his neighbour, was jailed for two weeks on Friday (March 3).
Peh Swee Tong, 82, who pleaded guilty to causing hurt to his neighbour, was jailed for two weeks on Friday (March 3).PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - An elderly man was jailed for two weeks on Friday (March 3) after assaulting his neighbour and fracturing two of her ribs.

Peh Swee Tong, 82, who pleaded guilty to causing hurt, committed the offence at Block 804, Hougang Central, on March 21 last year (2016).

The court heard that Peh and his victim, Ms Lee Lai Soh, 51, had been involved in numerous disputes since she moved into the block.

Court papers did not mention what these disputes were about.

The situation took a turn for the worse as she was on her way home at around 3.50pm that day.

Ms Lee was walking up the stairs between the second and third storeys when she spotted Peh standing nearby.

As she was walking past him, he suddenly scratched her face and pulled her hair.

Ms Lee turned around and went back down the stairs as she did not want to prolong the confrontation.

However, Peh followed her closely until they reached the ground floor, when she took out her mobile phone and snapped his picture.

He then went up to his neighbour and hit her.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua said: "The victim squatted down and the accused punched the victim on her neck and head areas, as well as kicked her on her lower back.

"The victim used her arms to shield herself by covering her face."

Peh stopped only when she told him that she was going to inform the police about the attack.

When Ms Lee later made the call, she told him to stay put and he remained at the scene.

Officers soon arrived and she went to the Singapore General Hospital about four hours later.

A medical report dated April 27 last year stated that she suffered injuries including fractures to her ninth and tenth ribs, a bruise on her left shoulder and an 8cm scratch on her scalp.

She was given seven days of medical leave.

For causing hurt, Peh could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000.