Jobless man jailed five months for abducting girlfriend's eight-month-old baby

SINGAPORE - A jobless man who abducted his girlfriend's eight-month old baby after making a sinister threat was jailed for five months on Wednesday.

Shamsol Arifin Yusoff, 35, lived with his girlfriend and her son - who was from another relationship - at her flat in Butik Batok and returned there on Oct 23 last year after having a quarrel with friends.

While sharpening a knife, he said he wanted to "kill people". Later he began packing his bag and said he no longer wanted to live in Bukit Batok.

Shamsol picked up the youngster and his girlfriend thought he was merely playing with him. But when he carried him out of the unit he told her he was his stepson and she sensed something was wrong.

The woman, who cannot be named, called police who arrested him near Bukit Panjang Plaza about two hours later.

The baby was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital and a medical report found he had suffered "blue marks" to his shoulders, arms, hand, back and thigh.

Shamsol admitted the abduction and was also fined $1,500 on another charge of fighting near a coffeeshop last September.

Shamsol - who has previous convictions including possession of offensive weapon, criminal intimidation and disorderly behaviour - claimed he took the baby to calm down his feelings. He could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment for abduction.

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