Jailed for slashing brother in the face

A man who slashed his elder brother's face with a knife, causing a 10cm-long wound, was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Jasman Sertrosentorno, 44, a warehouse assistant, pleaded guilty to causing his 50-year-old brother Sahad to suffer permanent disfiguration to his face at a Clementi coffee shop on May 2.

Investigations showed that earlier that day before 5am, Mr Sahad, who was unemployed, met his girlfriend, Ms Norliza Abdul Amit, 46, at the coffee shop in Block 345, Clementi Avenue 5, for a drink.

Around this time, Jasman called Ms Norliza and told her not to meet his brother. He and his family members were unhappy about the victim's relationship with her as she was a married woman.

Ms Norliza told Mr Sahad this, and he told Jasman not to interfere. Mr Sahad also informed his brother where he was.

Jasman, accompanied by a stepbrother and two female family members, confronted his brother at the coffee shop at about 5am. He had with him the knife, which was hidden in his pants.

The group went to the table where Mr Sahad and Ms Norliza were seated.

Jasman expressed his unhappiness that Mr Sahad had gone to meet Ms Norliza instead of taking care of a family member.

An argument broke out.

Jasman took out the knife and swung it at his brother, who picked up a chair and swung it at Jasman while retreating.

Mr Sahad was slashed on the left side of his face, while the chair he was wielding hit Jasman on his upper lip.

The police were called.

Jasman and his group of family members left while Ms Norliza took the victim to a hospital in a taxi.

Jasman was arrested on May 9.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Gail Wong, who asked for a sentence in excess of 12 months, said the offence occurred in a public place in the early hours of the morning.

She said Jasman came armed with a knife, indicating some element of premeditation. Since he attacked a family member, there was also an abuse of trust.

She said Jasman swung the knife at the victim several times while advancing towards him.

"It is wholly disproportionate to any dispute that they had."

Jasman's lawyer Tan Jeh Yaw said in mitigation that his client, a divorcee, was extremely remorseful. The two brothers met after the incident on May 12 and embraced.

The victim has forgiven his attacker, and the incident has brought them closer, said Mr Tan.

The maximum punishment for causing grievous hurt is 10 years' jail, a fine or caning.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2016, with the headline 'Jailed for slashing brother in the face'. Print Edition | Subscribe