Man jailed for hitting nightclub patron with plastic decanter

SINGAPORE - A sales executive who hit a nightclub patron once on his face with a plastic decanter was jailed for six weeks on Tuesday.

Desmond Koh Wee Boon, 29, had admitted to causing hurt to assistant operations manager Tan Soon Tiang, 37, at Mandopop club, Shanghai Dolly, at Clarke Quay at about 2am on March 31 last year.

He used such force that the decanter broke into pieces and permanently disfigured the victim's nose, the court heard.

Investigation showed that Mr Tan and three others, including two women, were at the nightclub for drinks. Koh and his group of friends stood nearby at another table to drink.

When Mr Tan left to talk to a friend at another table, Koh took the opportunity to chat up the two women. One of them, Ms Lim Siew Ping, 32, had offered him some of her drinks as she was unable to finish them.

He asked for their phone numbers, and if they had boyfriends.

Ms Lim then pulled Mr Tan over to her and said he was her boyfriend, to get Koh to stop making advances on them.

Koh then picked up a plastic decanter from a nearby table and hit the victim on the face.

The court heard that the victim had refused Koh's offer of compensation and has to go for a nose surgery.

Koh could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.

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