Man jailed for stealing prostitute's wallet, beating her up

Malaysian national Yong Chun Yoong, 24, was jailed three months on Wednesday for the theft and assault.
Malaysian national Yong Chun Yoong, 24, was jailed three months on Wednesday for the theft and assault.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - After having sex with a prostitute, he stole her wallet. When she tried to get it back, he beat her up.

Malaysian national Yong Chun Yoong, 24, was jailed three months on Wednesday for the theft and assault.

A court heard that the unemployed man, a former casino croupier whose contract had expired, contacted the 23-year-old prostitute on May 18 to ask for sexual services.

After they agreed on a $110 fee, they met that afternoon at her room at Goodwill Mansion on Balestier Road.

Following the sexual intercourse, both showered in the room's toilet. While the victim was still in the toilet, Yong quickly got dressed, removed her wallet from a bedside drawer, and put it inside his sling bag.

The wallet contained about $500 in cash, along with a gold chain worth $200 and an ATM card.

When the victim emerged, Yong handed her the fee and hurried out of the room. It was only when she wanted to put the money into her wallet that she realised it was missing.

She quickly wrapped herself in a towel and chased after Yong, confronting him in the lift lobby. Yong continued walking away, whereupon she grabbed his bag to stop him.

Yong then pushed her and punched her in the head and body repeatedly until she let go of his bag. He then fled via the stairs.

The victim tried to call his mobile phone several times, but got no response. She filed a police report the next day, and was examined two days later at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She was found to have tenderness around her head and bruising on her right shoulder.

Yong was arrested on May 26 at Woodlands Checkpoint when he tried to leave Singapore.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi argued that the theft had been premeditated and that Yong had made no restitution to the victim, as he had used all the cash to pay off his bills and living expenses.

For theft in dwelling, Yong could have been jailed for up to seven years and also fined.

For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have be jailed up to two years, fined up to $5,000, or both.

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