Man jailed 11 months for causing hurt with knife, theft

After quarrelling with his elder brother, a man went off to get two knives and later used one to slash his sibling when they continued arguing.

Muhammad Idris Osman, 28, was yesterday jailed a total of 11 months after admitting to causing hurt with a knife and stealing two CashCards from lorries.

The court heard that Idris, his 37-year-old brother Zulkraine, and a 14-year-old boy were chatting at a pavilion next to Block 63, Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, on May 3.

Mr Zulkraine and Idris subsequently got into an argument.

Idris left to get two knives from Block 70. He returned five minutes later, with both hands behind his back. The two brothers continued arguing.

Suddenly, Idris revealed a knife in each hand. He swung one at his brother, and cut him once on his left shoulder and once on his back.

The victim tried to evade the blows and did not retaliate.

Idris, who is unemployed, fled and threw away the knives.

Mr Zulkraine underwent an emergency operation and was discharged from hospital two days later.

Earlier on March 24, Idris and co-accused Eddy Zulkifli, 26, stole a CashCard with a value of $20 from a parked lorry at a carpark in Clementi Avenue 2. They used the CashCard to buy beer and crackers.

Eddy has been sentenced to two months in jail for the offence.

Six days later, Idris stole another CashCard with a value of $26 from an unlocked lorry in Lorong 6, Toa Payoh Vista. Someone spotted him and called the police.

Idris, who has convictions for theft and affray, could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment for causing hurt with the knife.

He could have been jailed for up to three years and/or fined for theft.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2015, with the headline 'Man jailed 11 months for causing hurt with knife, theft'. Print Edition | Subscribe