Tan Phui Moi v Public Prosecutor

CourtMagistrates' Court (Singapore)
JudgeEric Tin Keng Seng
Judgment Date24 February 2002
Neutral Citation[2002] SGMC 5
Citation[2002] SGMC 5
Publication Date19 September 2003

Judgment

GROUNDS OF DECISION

This is an appeal against sentence by Tan Phui Moi ("Tan").


Charge

2 On 24 January 2002, Tan pleaded guilty before me to the following amended charge (MAC 60/2002 marked "P1B"):

"You, …..

are charged that you, on the 5th day of April 1999, at about 1.10 pm, at the 1st level of Blk 31, Toa Payoh, Lorong 5, outside lift A, Singapore, did voluntarily cause hurt to one Low Teck Chuan, to wit, by using a motorcycle helmet to hit on his head and fisting the said Low Teck Chuan on his face and body, and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 323 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224."


Statement of Facts

3 Tan understood the nature and consequences of her plea. She also admitted without any qualification to the amended statement of facts (marked "D"), which contained the following material facts.

4. The complainant and victim in this case was one Mr Low Teck Chuan ("victim"). Investigations revealed that on 5 April 1999 at about 1.10 pm, Tan entered the descending lift "A" of Blk 31, Toa Payoh, Lorong 5, from the 9th floor. The victim, his wife Ms Jenny Wong Soon Yin, and an independent witness Mr Goh Kim Lai entered the lift from the 6th floor. Upon reaching the ground floor, all of them came out of the lift.

5 Tan heard some remarks from the victim and was not happy. She confronted him and a dispute arose. She then used her motorcycle helmet to hit the victim on his head and used her hands to fist him on his face and body. The victim fell to the ground once, after which he blocked her blows with his hands. The victim’s wife and Mr Goh Kim Lai managed to stop the fight and separated them. Thereafter they left for their separate ways. On the same day, at about 3.03 pm, Tan called 999 and informed that "I was assaulted by someone, ambulance is required".

6 The medical report on the victim by Dr Yeong Mun Poh of Alexandra Hospital indicates that he sustained minor abrasion over the left parietal area and left side of the posterior rib cage. There was a bruise over the left side of the anterior chest and a minor cut over the dorsal surface of the proximal phalanx of the right ring finger.

7 The medical report on Tan by Dr Hwang Ying Khai, Peter, of Tan Tock Seng Hospital indicates that she sustained a closed fracture of her left radius and ulna and a bruise over the right side of her neck. On 4 December 2001, the victim was charged for an offence of voluntarily causing grievous hurt in Court 26 (DAC 55769/2001). He was sentenced to two months’...

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