Fitness instructor jailed 26 weeks for alcohol-fuelled attacks on cabby, beautician

SINGAPORE - A fitness instructor was sentenced to 26 weeks' jail on Thursday (July 5) for his various alcohol-fuelled rampages.

Herman Mas'ood, 32, attacked and caused a taxi driver to suffer semi-permanent hearing loss.

Herman became angry after he was told that he could not pay the fare with his card because the taxi's Nets machine was not working.

He also fractured the nose of a beautician before stealing from her in a separate dispute.

He was sentenced on three charges - voluntarily causing grievous hurt, and voluntarily causing hurt as well as theft.

The court heard that on the morning of Dec 17, 2015, cabby Riskandar Roslan, 35, was at the Orchard Towers taxi stand when Herman and two foreign women entered the cab.

Mr Riskandar immediately noticed that Herman smelled strongly of alcohol.

Mr Riskandar had told the two women that the taxi's Nets machine was not working and the women acknowledged this.

When they reached their destination - a Hotel 81 in Lavender Street - Herman wanted to make payment with a card and became aggressive when he was told this was not possible.

He punched Mr Riskandar's headrest twice. The two women told the cabby to drive to the nearest ATM, but he could not find one.

Eventually, when the taxi stopped at a traffic junction, Herman and the two women got out of the cab, and he began hitting the vehicle.

He kicked the passenger's door twice, punched and kicked the driver's window numerous times, and even kicked the driver's side mirror.

Mr Riskandar was punched twice, in the right ear and on the head, when he wound down his window to confront Herman.

The cab driver suffered a brief blackout, but when he regained consciousness, Herman continued his attacks , forcing Mr Riskandar to call the police.

Following the incident, Mr Riskandar was found to have had hearing loss in his right ear, which he still suffered from, as of December last year.

In a separate incident, Herman also attacked and stole from a beautician.

He had been drinking with friends at Orchard Towers in the early hours of July 1, 2016, when he approached beautician Zheng Xiao Yin, 38, who ran a shop there, for her massage and facial services.

The two proceeded to a private room but a dispute soon broke out, with Herman eventually punching her twice in the face.

When Ms Zheng fell, he kicked her on the lip and stole her bag, which contained valuables with a total value of about $1,400.

Herman took the items before throwing the bag away.

Ms Zheng suffered injuries on her face, including a fractured nose.

For voluntarily causing grievous hurt, Herman could have been jailed for 10 years, and fined or caned.