The couple who allegedly verbally and physically abused an elderly man over a table at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh were charged in court yesterday.
Tutor Tay Puay Leng alias Zheng Peiling, 38, was charged with using abusive words on Mr Ng Ai Hua alias Ivor Ng with intent to cause alarm at about 8.35pm at the Lorong 8 hawker centre on April 21.
Her husband, Malaysian Chow Chuin Yee, 45, a director of a tuition centre, was accused of using criminal force on the 76-year-old by using his body to forcefully barge into the victim in the back. About five minutes later, he allegedly shoved some bowls and plates off the table onto the ground.
A video that went viral showed a woman, who was dressed in white, shouting at an elderly man before her male companion shoved the man from behind. The video, which was posted on Facebook on April 23, was shared extensively, with netizens expressing disgust at the couple's behaviour.
Police arrested them on April 25. They were out on police bail of $10,000 each, pending investigation. Their lawyer, Mr S. Balamurugan, told the court yesterday that he had just been briefed.
He asked for time to make representations to the Attorney-General's Chambers.
The couple's case will be mentioned again on July 12.
If convicted of causing alarm, Tay could be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to six months.
The maximum penalty for using criminal force is three months in jail and a $1,500 fine, and for disorderly behaviour, a $2,000 fine and six months in jail.
Couple charged over abuse of old man at hawker centre
Tutor Tay Puay Leng, 38, and her Malaysian husband Chow Chuin Yee, 45, on their way to court yesterday. They were charged with abusing Mr Ng Ai Hua, 76, in a dispute over seats at a Toa Payoh hawker centre on April 21. A video of the incident went viral. Tay allegedly used vulgar language, while Chow was accused of using criminal force by barging into Mr Ng's back.