Man jailed for attacking cop who had checked on his friends earlier

SINGAPORE - A jobless man who assaulted a police sergeant he bore a grudge against was jailed for four months on Thursday.

Alfian Abdullah, 45, pleaded guilty to punching and kicking Sergeant Ryan Danial Rafiuddin at a coffee shop in Bukit Batok East Avenue 4 on March 10 this year.

The court heard that sometime in 2014, the sergeant - who is attached to Bukit Batok Neighbouhood Police Centre - was on patrol when he checked on a group of suspected drug abusers who were friends of Alfian.

Alfian intervened and but was told to move away. He became offended and went on to harbour a grudge against the cop.

On March 10, he saw him in plain clothes at the coffee shop of Block 273 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4.

He asked the cop in Malay if he remembered him.

Alfian then punched him in the back of his head and kicked him in the stomach.

With the help of his two colleagues, the sergeant managed to restrain Alfian and placed him under arrest.

Alfian's sentence was backdated to his remand on March 12. He could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment.

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