Man jailed for assaulting police officer who had previously arrested him

SINGAPORE - Unhappy with a police officer who had arrested him two weeks earlier for suspected drug offences, Suhaimi Naib assaulted the cop after being spotted in the same neighbourhood and approached for a routine check.

Suhaimi Naib, 45, punched Mr Muhammad Hafiz Ahmad, 24, in the face after the officer and his colleagues identified themselves and followed him to a carpark in Bukit Batok East Ave 3. He was subdued but later told the police sergeant in Malay: "I will find you after your work. I want to whack you."

On Wednesday, Suhaimi was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail for voluntarily hurting Mr Muhammad Hafiz on Aug 15, leaving him with a bruise on his cheek. Suhaimi, then a technician, was also fined $2,500 for verbally abusing the same officer after earlier being arrested for consuming drugs.

His total jail term comes up to three months, after the court ordered the 10-week term to run concurrently with another prison term. This was punishment for criminally intimidating a 30-year-old woman through her flat gate, with a letter opener.

The court heard that around 1.20am on Aug 1, the policeman and his colleagues approached Suhaimi at a coffeeshop in Bukit Batok East Ave 4 after noticing he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Suhaimi committed the verbal abuse as he was being arrested, and repeatedly challenged Mr Muhammad Hafiz to a fight.

Suhaimi got into a fight with another man on Sept 12, at the same coffeeshop. The man was not at home the next afternoon when Suhaimi turned up at his HDB flat along Bukit Batok East Ave 3 to confront him. Suhaimi ended up making the threat against the woman, who was then in the flat with another man and carrying her six-month old child in her arms.

Suhaimi, who was also fined $1,500 for affray, pleaded guilty to four charges, with six various offences taken into consideration. He could have been jailed for up to seven years, caned and fined for hurting the police officer. For threatening to kill the woman, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.