Jailed over stabbing incident and drug offences

Just over a day after he saw Mr Zulkeflee Abdul Razak, 44, scolding a group of domestic workers for having a picnic near City Plaza shopping centre, Liyaqat Ali Ibrahim Bhai Saheb armed himself with a knife to teach the younger man a lesson.

After consuming alcohol, the 60-year-old man confronted his victim and stabbed him twice. The incident happened last December.

The unemployed man was yesterday sentenced to three years and three months' jail over the stabbing, which District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim described as "clearly premeditated". The sentence includes penalties for consuming and possessing a controlled drug.

The court heard that Liyaqat had seen Mr Zulkeflee at an open field near the shopping centre on Dec 3. He witnessed the younger man, who was unemployed, approach a group of domestic workers having a picnic and scolding them for dirtying the place.

Mr Zulkeflee then kicked a pot of soup which the maids had with them. At this point, Liyaqat did not confront Mr Zulkeflee but the incident bothered him.

The next day, he took a knife with him and after consuming alcohol near the shopping centre, waited for his victim who he knew frequented the area daily.

At around midnight on Dec 5, Mr Zulkeflee appeared and a scuffle ensued. When Mr Zulkeflee threw a punch and missed, Liyaqat stabbed him twice in his lower back with the knife concealed in his hand.

At around midnight on Dec 5, Mr Zulkeflee appeared and a scuffle ensued. When Mr Zulkeflee threw a punch and missed, Liyaqat stabbed him twice in his lower back with the knife concealed in his hand.

Liyaqat then fled the scene and took a taxi home.

Later that day, Mr Zulkeflee went to Changi General Hospital, where he received treatment for two stab wounds, each measuring 1cm. He was hospitalised for two days. While one of the wounds was superficial, the other had breached the abdominal muscles.

Deputy public prosecutor Yvonne Poon said Liyaqat had felt that "the victim deserved to be punished for how he had treated the domestic workers on Dec 3 last year and that his actions had been inhumane".

Liyaqat's defence counsel said his client accepted blame for the incident and was remorseful.

For voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon, he could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined and caned.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2018, with the headline 'Jailed over stabbing incident and drug offences'. Print Edition | Subscribe