Public Prosecutor v Ng Chin Guan

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeHamidah Bte Ibrahim
Judgment Date31 March 2009
Neutral Citation[2009] SGDC 111
Citation[2009] SGDC 111
Published date20 October 2009
Plaintiff CounselChan Huimin (DPP)
Defendant CounselSubhas Anandan & Sunil Sudheesan (KhattarWong)

31 March 2009

District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim:

1 The accused person pleaded guilty to the following charge:

DAC 9797/2008 (P1A)

Male/27 YEARS OLD (D.O.B:16/11/1981)
NRIC: S8138000G

are charged that you on the 26th day of February 2008, at or about 6.20 pm, at No. 1 Sakra View, Singapore, did voluntarily cause grievous hurt to one Razali Bin Ibrahim,Male/41 years old, to wit, by using a wooden stick measuring 1.7 meters in length to strike the said Razali Bin Ibrahim twice and causing him to suffer a fracture on his right ulna and a fracture on his 5th left metacarpal and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 325 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

The Facts

2 The statement of facts (exhibit A) disclosed that on the 26th of February, 2008 the accused, a crane operator, was operating a mobile crane at the worksite located at No. 1 Sakra View, Singapore while the victim, one Razali Bin Ibrahim was deployed as a safety supervisor at the said site. A witness who was present, namely one Mohamed Nabeel Bin Haji Abdul Hamid Magnus (‘witness’), was also deployed as a safety supervisor at the same site.

3 After completing his work, the accused realised that the tyres of his mobile crane had sunk into the soft ground of the worksite. He spent a long time trying to move the mobile crane but all his efforts failed even when the witness assisted him. At about 6.20 pm, the victim told the accused to leave the mobile crane at the worksite for the night and to retrieve it the next day as the victim had to lock up the premises. The accused refused to comply. A heated argument followed. The accused used vulgarities on the victim who then placed both hands on the accused’s chest. The accused reacted by punching the victim and both fell to the ground. A scuffle ensued between the parties.

4 Some workers at the worksite and the witness came forward to separate the victim and the accused who continued to behave aggressively towards the victim. He ran towards the victim each time he managed to break free from the witness’s grip. At 1 point in time, the accused grabbed a 1.7 metres wooden stick which formed part of a temporary barricade and used it to strike the victim twice. He had run up a table and struck the victim, who was standing in front of the table, once on his right arm and once on his left hand. The witness managed to grab hold of the accused. The victim ran to hide in a container office where he called the police from his hand phone to report that he had been assaulted.

5 The accused went to the container office to search for the victim. He picked up a changkul from the floor and used it to break the door knob of the container office in which the victim was hiding. He let go of the changkul before entering the said office so the witness quickly ran forward to restrain him. In the office the victim...

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