SINGAPORE - Two men and a woman assaulted a man and struck him multiple times with a foldable chair, causing a fracture of the right frontal sinus.
Abdul Halil Osman, 31, a driver, was jailed for nine months on Friday (June 10) after admitting to causing grievous hurt to Mr Muhammad Abdul Latip, 31, by punching and kicking him multiple times on his face and body, and hitting him with a foldable chair at the common corridor of a block of flats in Bukit Batok.
He committed the Jan 27 offence with his wife, Siti Norhaizah Abdullah, 30, and Rahmat Jumari, 28, whose cases are in the pre-trial conference stage.
A district court heard Rahmat was in a relationship with Siti who had a previous relationship with Mr Muhammad.
Investigation showed that the group went to Mr Muhammad's residence at Bukit Batok West Avenue 4 that morning. Their intention was to help Siti take back her daughter, who had been living with Mr Muhammad and his mother.
Abdul Halil and Rahmat waited nearby at the staircase landing while Siti knocked on the door and asked to see her daughter. She and Mr Muhammad started arguing. Abdul Halil came and joined in the argument.
Shortly, Rahmat approached and punched Mr Muhammad on the neck a few times from behind. Abdul Halil then used a foldable chair to hit the victim.
Mr Muhammad was also kicked. When he fell down, the trio repeatedly punched and kicked him and hit him with the foldable chair.
Subsequently, one of them pulled off Mr Muhammad's clothes. Siti then used Rahmat's mobile phone to take several photographs of Mr Muhammad while he was naked and lying on the floor.
Mr Muhammad eventually managed to get up and return home. He was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for his injuries, including a non-displaced fracture of the right frontal sinus.
He was discharged four days later and given hospitalisation leave of two weeks.
Abdul Halil told District Judge Wong Li Tein that he only used the chair to strike the victim on his legs. The father of five apologised for what he did. He could have been jailed for up to 10 years, fined or caned.