Two jailed two months each for unprovoked attack on teenagers

Tan Boon Hua and Yeo Keong Boon were jailed for two months each for a random assault on two teenagers on Jan 14  near an SPC petrol station at Yio Chu Kang Road.
Tan Boon Hua and Yeo Keong Boon were jailed for two months each for a random assault on two teenagers on Jan 14 near an SPC petrol station at Yio Chu Kang Road.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A 31-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were each sentenced to two months' jail on Thursday (May 18) for assaulting a pair of teenagers in an unprovoked attack.

Tan Boon Hua and Yeo Keong Boon each pleaded guilty to one count of causing hurt to students Thaddeus Tan, 18, and Benjamin Chua Ding Sheng, 19, at around 1.20am on Jan 14.

They committed the offence with an alleged accomplice Matthew Lau Lee Leng, 35, whose case is still pending.

The court heard that the teenagers were sitting on a kerb near an SPC petrol station at Yio Chu Kang Road when they spotted Tan Boon Hua and Lau walking out of a convenience store.

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Mr Thaddeus Tan and Mr Chua noted that the pair's gait was unsteady and they reeked of alcohol. As they walked past, Lau accused the teenagers of staring at them and shouted in Hokkien.

Mr Thaddeus Tan told Mr Chua that they should leave the premises as they did not want any trouble. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chew Xin Ying said Lau flung a small metal container of sweets at Mr Chua and it hit the teenager's chest.

The court heard that Lau then went over to their victims and kicked Mr Chua's right temple with his right foot.

As the teenagers were about to walk away, Yeo, who also reeked of alcohol, suddenly came forward and ran after them. The two other attackers followed suit.

The trio managed to catch up with the teenagers and rained blows on them.

DPP Chew said: "During the assault, (the trio) chased the victims around the petrol station. The victims did not retaliate or fight back and they were in great fear of their safety.

"(The convenience store cashier) who noticed the assault tried to intervene by asking (them) to stop, but they blatantly ignored him and continued to attack the victims."

They mercilessly attacked Mr Chua for about 10 minutes until he managed to struggle to his feet. Meanwhile, Mr Thaddeus Tan managed to seek shelter in the convenience store.

Mr Chua apologised to his attackers and they eventually stopped their assault after he pleaded with them to stop hitting him.

He went to Changi General Hospital later that day where he was found to be suffering from injuries including bruises on his face and cuts on his chest. Mr Thaddeus Tan did not seek medical attention, the court heard.

Tan Boon Hua and Yeo, who were both unrepresented, asked for their sentences to be deferred as they have to settle their personal matters. They were ordered to surrender themselves at the State Courts on June 5.

For causing hurt, they could have each been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000.