The Straits Times
Published on Nov 07, 2012

Man charged with hurting elderly woman on bus


A man was charged in court on Wednesday with pushing an elderly woman on an SMRT bus.

Ong Kok Hao, unemployed, is alleged to have pushed Mrs Hwang Li Lian, 76, on her back and causing her to fall on the steps of Service No 167's rear exit along Upper Thomson Road at about 3pm on June 6.

The 25-year-old, who is autistic, was clad in a white T-shirt and black bermudas in court.

This prompted District Judge Christopher Goh to ask why he was wearing shorts, Ong assured the court that he will be attired properly the next time.

The alleged incident is believed to have been sparked off when the woman pressed the bell at the last minute, causing it to stop a bus length away.