Nine months' jail for assaulting construction worker with a golf club

Dominic Ignatius Rolands was sentenced to nine months' jail on Tuesday (Nov 22) for hitting a construction worker with a golf club.
Dominic Ignatius Rolands was sentenced to nine months' jail on Tuesday (Nov 22) for hitting a construction worker with a golf club.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A bouncer who hit a construction worker with a golf club was sentenced to nine months' jail on Tuesday (Nov 22).

Dominic Ignatius Rolands, 21, had admitted to swinging the golf club at the head of Indian national Karuppiah Ramesh, 30, and hitting his back in front of a carpark at Kampong Kapor Road in the early hours of Sept 22, 2014.

The court heard that Mr Karuppiah had been drinking at a pub called Indian Queens at Madras Road at about 1am that day. About two hours later, he had supper at an eating house along Dunlop Street.

Earlier at 10.30pm, Rolands was performing his duties as a bouncer at Aashiyana Pub at Dunlop Street when he stopped two groups of customers fighting outside the premises. One of the groups became aggressive and assaulted him.

After the assault, Rolands returned to Aashiyana where he cleaned his injuries.

At about 2am, pub owner Chokkalingam Muruganandam, 44, and two others arrived at Aashiyana. Rolands informed them that he had been assaulted.

He and the three men decided to drive around the area to see if they could find any of the attackers.

Rolands, who had taken a golf club with him, saw Mr Karuppiah sitting in front of the Tamil Sangnam carpark.

Believing that the victim was one of the group of assailants, he told Chokkalingam to stop the car. All four alighted and surrounded the victim, who was told to squat.

Rolands then swung the golf club and hit Mr Karuppiah in the head, hand and back.

The victim called the police. He suffered abrasions and tenderness on his upper back, and a 3cm-long cut on his scalp.

Rolands successfully applied to defer his sentence until Dec 27, to solemnise his marriage and to celebrate Christmas.

He could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or received a combination of the sentences.