Man jailed for hitting woman with an umbrella, biting and spitting at a man

Victor Michael Loo Lay Pin, 60, a freelance networking staff in the real estate industry, admitted to hitting Ms Lim Zhen Ping with a black umbrella at about 8.55pm on Dec 11, 2015.
Victor Michael Loo Lay Pin, 60, a freelance networking staff in the real estate industry, admitted to hitting Ms Lim Zhen Ping with a black umbrella at about 8.55pm on Dec 11, 2015.GRAPHIC: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A man who hurt a 21-year-old woman and a man at Boon Lay MRT station was jailed for two weeks on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Victor Michael Loo Lay Pin, 60, a freelance networking staff in the real estate industry, admitted to hitting Ms Lim Zhen Ping with a black umbrella at about 8.55pm on Dec 11, 2015. He also bit and spat at another commuter, Mr Sanjivpal Singh, 44, that evening.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Shen Wanqin told the court that Ms Lim boarded the train at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station at about 8.30pm that day.

When she reached Boon Lay MRT station, she heard Loo shouting inside the train. As she was alighting, Loo suddenly swung his umbrella at her.

He hit her on her head, shoulder and hand.

Loo continued to hit her with the 74cm-long umbrella as she ran for help. Loo stopped only after a few people held him back.

Loo claimed that he had assaulted Ms Lim because she was making noises with her plastic cup in the train. He got irritated and wanted to "teach her a lesson".

DPP Shen said Mr Sanjivpal was one of those who stepped forward to help Ms Lim and to stop Loo from fleeing the scene.

Mr Sanjivpal was escorting Loo in a lift when Loo turned aggressive and bit the victim on his right shoulder.

Other people in the lift tried to stop Loo and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, he tore Mr Sanjivpal's shirt and damaged his spectacles worth $200. He also spat at the victim and those helping Ms Lim.

Ms Lim was given a day's medical leave and incurred medical fees of $160. Mr Sanjivpal suffered bite marks on his right upper back with swelling. He was given medical leave of three days and incurred $110 in medical bills.

Loo's lawyer Raymond Ng said his client was not feeling well and had not slept well over the past few days.

Loo could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 on each charge.