Reformative training for student who assaulted foreign workers because he hated them

Razmy Abdul Rahim pleaded guilty to four of six charges of assault.
Razmy Abdul Rahim pleaded guilty to four of six charges of assault.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A youth who had a hatred for Indian nationals assaulted five construction workers over nine months, a Community Court heard.

Razmy Abdul Rahim, a student at ITE College East, pleaded guilty to four of six charges of assault involving a Bangladeshi, two Indian nationals and a fellow ITE student.

Sentencing him to reformative training on Wednesday (Feb 16), District Judge Mathew Joseph said Razmy's offences were "deplorable" and "inexcusable".

The judge also noted that the 20-year-old had committed some of the offences while he was serving probation.

RTC, meant for those between 14 and 21, requires the young offender to be detained in a structured environment for at least 18 months. The maximum period is three years.

In his submission on sentencing last month, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua had urged the court to call for a reformative training pre-sentence report.

He said that foreign workers are regarded as vulnerable victims because they generally are unaware of their rights and may even be unable, because of their work commitments or barriers of culture and language, to vindicate their rights after having been wronged.

He added that in light of Singapore's multiracial and multicultural society, offences such as those in Razmy's case could not be tolerated.

The court heard that on June 24, 2013, Razmy and co-accused Ko Wai Kit, 18, approached Bangladesh national Ali Mohammad Madob, 27, from behind as he was talking on his mobile phone along a covered walkway near Block 6, Hougang Avenue 3.

The pair walked in front of the victim. One of them held onto him and the other punched him on the nose, causing it to bleed.

Mr Ali struggled free and covered his nose with his hand. Both then punched his face several times and fled. He sought help from his supervisor at his construction site. Police were called.

On March 22, 2014, a 39-year-old Indian construction worker was standing at a bus stop in Hougang Avenue 3 when he saw Razmy holding a penknife and decided to leave. Ko was then with Razmy.

Three days later, the worker was with three others, including Mr Chelladurai Prabu, 28, at the bus stop when he saw Razmy and Ko approaching and alerted the others.

When the group asked the duo about the earlier knife incident, Razmy assaulted two of them. He then punched Mr Chelladurai on the cheek and arm, causing swelling and tenderness and a dislocated right shoulder.

Razmy told police during the course of investigation that he assaulted the victims because he had a "hatred'' for Indian nationals working in Singapore.

"The accused stated that this was because he disliked the way they looked at his mother and his girlfriend,'' said DPP Chua.

In the last incident, the court heard that Razmy had accused student Abdul Hakeem Abdul Rashid, 19, of spreading rumours about him when they met at the college toilet on Sept 1, 2014.

Razmy used a bicycle chain and wrapped it around his left fist and punched Hakeem on the abdomen once. He also slapped him a few times on the face.