Man jailed for attacking wife's alleged lover with a metal rod

SINGAPORE - A man who used a metal rod to assault his wife's alleged lover was jailed on Thursday for causing hurt with a dangerous weapon and other offences.

Lee Ai Kok, 50, admitted to six charges including theft and driving-related offences and was given a total jail sentence of five months and six weeks plus a $7,200 fine. Lee, a driver, was also banned from driving for five years, which will take effect from his release.

The court heard that Lee had called Mr Roy Owyong Shi Hao, 25, at about 2.30am on Sept 18 last year to meet him at the void deck of Block 10 Jalan Kukoh.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicole Evangeline Poh said Lee suspected that Mr Owyong was having an affair with his wife Zhang Yi, 26, and wanted to confront him. Mr Owyong had gotten to know Ms Zhang at the KTV pub where she worked.

When Mr Owyong turned up about 15 minutes later, Lee confronted him about his relationship with his wife, in her presence.

During a dispute, Lee pushed Mr Owyong. The two were engaged in a physical scuffle in which both parties exchanged blows.

When Mr Owyong fell onto the grass patch, Lee grabbed a rusty metal rod and hit the victim once on the forehead and right forearm. He also used the rod to poke the victim in his abdomen. He stopped when he realised that Mr Owyong was bleeding.

Police came later and arrested Lee.

Mr Owyong suffered a cut on the left forehead and an abrasion over the abdomen . He was given four days of medical leave.

Lee, whose sentence was backdated to Sept 17, had stolen a cellphone and CashCard at a spa in Bishan Street 11 on Nov 25, 2013 and a handbag with cash of $500 and other items from an artiste at a pub on Jan 11 last year. He was also found guilty of drink driving and driving a taxi without a valid licence and a vocational licence.

He had a previous conviction for drink driving in 2009.

In mitigation, Lee said he has a two-year-old child and that his wife is filing a divorce because of the case.

He also told District Judge Christopher Goh he was in arrears for about six months over his rented HDB flat.

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