SINGAPORE - A 19-year-old restaurant helper who saw a married couple fighting outside Golden Mile Complex told the husband to stop pulling his wife's hair, a court heard.
But another quarrel broke out and the teen, Nikthik Al Sial, kicked and punched the 42-year-old man several times, breaking his nose and an eye socket.
On Friday (Sept 16), Nikthik, a Malaysian, was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to one charge of causing grievous hurt.
The court heard that the incident started when the victim, Mr Goh Ah Heng, was seen chatting with an unknown woman outside Golden Mile Complex in Beach Road in the early hours of July 15.
He was spotted by his Thai wife Kongkoet Wiphada, 33 who was with her cousin, Ms Pakaponwong Wiyada, 38, and two friends at that time. Mr Goh got into an argument with his wife.
When Mr Goh pulled his wife's hair, her cousin and friends tried to break up the fight.
Nikthik, who was in the area, heard Ms Kongkoet's cries for help and told Mr Goh to stop abusing his wife.
A fight then broke out between the teen and Mr Goh, and Nikthik kicked and punched him. The teen fled after striking Mr Goh, who by this time had fallen to the ground.
Mr Goh was taken to a 24-hour clinic in Bedok by the women. There, the doctor advised him to go to a hospital. Mr Goh went back home instead at about 6.15am.
By around noon, Mr Goh was unconscious and he was taken to Changi General Hospital. Both his nasal bones were broken, as was his right eye socket. There was also bleeding in his brain.
He underwent emergency surgery and was discharged after 55 days in hospital.
The maximum punishment for causing grievous hurt is 10 years' jail and a fine and caning.