SINGAPORE - A 59-year-old man splashed hot oil and water on his neighbour after a quarrel along the common corridor of a Housing Board block.
Kho Ah Yeow was sentenced to three months' jail on Wednesday (Jan 6) after admitting to causing hurt to Bounty Gill, also 59, by means of a heated substance at Block 3 Jalan Bukit Merah on June 25 last year.
A Community Court heard that Kho had left his flat to buy lunch that day when he saw Gill along the corridor. He asked Gill why he had knocked on his door many times in the morning but the victim denied this.
A quarrel broke out and the duo were heard shouting at each other. A neighbour saw the commotion and called the police.
Meanwhile Kho returned to his flat and took a metal mug containing hot oil and water which were left over from the fishball noodle soup that he had consumed earlier.
He approached Gill and splashed the liquid on his face and body.
Gill shouted in pain, went home to get a knife and allegedly stabbed Kho in his abdomen a few times.
Gill has been charged with stabbing Kho and his case is pending.
He was warded in hospital for first-degree burn to the left side of his face and scattered blisters over his neck and left foot. He was discharged two days later.
Kho, who had no lawyer, told District Judge Mathew Joseph in mitigation that he was warded for one month for his injuries which were more severe than the victim's.
The judge said that even though Kho suffered injuries, he was the instigator of the offence, and there was no excuse for what he did.
Kho, whose sentence was backdated to Nov 19, could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.