Storekeeper jailed six weeks for attacking co-worker with metal shaft

A warehouse storekeeper who was involved in a workplace dispute was jailed for six weeks on Tuesday for using a metal shaft to hit a colleague on the head.

Malaysian Phoon Mun Kit, 21, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of causing hurt to Mr Pang Khong You, 21, with the 74cm-long black metal shaft, causing him to suffer a 5cm-long cut on the right side of his head.

The offence took place at DB Schenker, a freight forwarding company, at Changi South Street 2 on Jan 14 this year.

The victim was given medical leave for a week and Phoon was ordered to pay $1,000 compensation to the victim.

A district court heard that both men had argued a day earlier when the stackers that they had been operating had collided into each other.

At about 2.15am on Jan 14, the victim was operating his stacker and making a right turn when Phoon's stacker hit his, causing some of the goods on their stackers to fall off.

Both men got off their stackers to pick up the fallen goods, and got into another argument.

Phoon got angry and picked up the shaft to strike at the victim, who raised his arm to block the blow.

When the victim turned around to walk away, Phoon again swung the metal shaft down from over his head, and hit the victim's head.

He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for voluntarily causing hurt.