Odd-job worker charged over spitting incident at Woodlands bus interchange

Odd-job worker Juraimi Kamaludin, whose alleged spitting in the faces of two women at a bus interchange on Tuesday was caught on video, was ordered to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for a psychiatric evaluation on Friday.

District Judge Christopher Goh ordered the 48-year-old to undergo a two-week assessment after he was charged with using criminal force against the women. Juraimi, was also charged with behaving in an aggressive manner and causing annoyance and danger to other passengers on a bus. In a separate matter, he was also accused of behaving in a disorderly manner - shouting at the top of his voice and acting aggressively - at 8am last month on Sept 8 at a void deck in Bukit Batok. His case will be mentioned again on Nov 8.

The video of him confronting the women at the Woodlands Interchange had pulled in more than 73,000 views on The Straits Times' YouTube account. The incident, which was caught on camera by a commuter and first posted on Facebook, seemed to have been sparked off when he took offence after being reprimanded for jumping the queue for Service 950.

He reportedly became furious when a woman told him to go to the back of the line after he left his place to get a drink. In the video, Juraimi was seen shouting at the woman, who was dressed in green, and raising his fist at her before SMRT security staff intervened. It also showed him shouting at another woman who was in a blue shirt.

For using criminal force against the women, he could be jailed up for up to three months and fined up to $1,500.