Three weeks' jail for man who attacked elderly neighbour with wooden chair

SINGAPORE - Upset that his neighbour was using the common corridor to do some packing, a 66-year-old man attacked him with a wooden chair.

For voluntarily causing hurt, Ang Lee Seng was on Tuesday (June 9) jailed for three weeks.

The court heard that on June 16, 2014, Mr Ong Wee Seng, 76, was packing items to be sold to the rag and bone man in the common corridor when Ang came out of his home next door and told Mr Ong not to do so.

During the heated argument that followed, Ang went into his house and returned with a wooden chair, which he used to hit Mr Ong three times across the face and chest.

Mr Ong was treated at Changi General Hospital for a head injury, laceration and eye-socket fracture.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Josephus Tan said the attack was not pre-meditated but occurred in the heat of the moment, especially because the neighbours had not been on good terms for more than 20 years. He added that his client was remissively and had never been in trouble with the law till then.

For voluntarily causing hurt, Ang could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

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