Tan Wee Seng v Public Prosecutor

CourtMagistrates' Court (Singapore)
JudgeEric Tin Keng Seng
Judgment Date31 July 2002
Neutral Citation[2002] SGMC 15
Citation[2002] SGMC 15
Publication Date19 September 2003

Judgment

GROUNDS OF DECISION

This is an appeal against sentence by Tan Wee Seng ("Tan").

Charge

2 On 4 July 2002, Tan pleaded guilty before me to the following charge (PS 838/2002 marked "P1"):

"You, …..

are charged that you, on the 6th day of February 2002, at about 2.15 am, at carpark located at 25, Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore, did voluntarily cause hurt to one Mamun Maridha Moslem Maridha, to wit, by using a cane to hit the left arm of the said Mamun Maridha Moslem Maridha, and you have thereby committed an offence under Section 323 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, and punishable under the said Act."

Statement of Facts

3 Tan understood the nature and consequences of his plea. He also admitted without any qualification to the statement of facts (marked "A"), which contained the following material facts.

4 On 6 February 2002 at or about 2.40 am, an unknown male caller called the Toa Payoh Neighbourhood Police Center and informed that his friend was assaulted and was bleeding.

5 Investigation revealed that at about 2.00 am that day, Tan who repossesses vehicle, overheard from his communication set that one of his colleague, one Ong Eng Giap ("Ong") was being beaten up by security officer at carpark located at 25, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. At or about 2.15 am, Tan drove his vehicle to the said car park. After alighting, he took a cane from the boot of his car and approached the victim Mamun Maridha Moslem Maridha who was working as a security officer at the same carpark. A dispute ensued over the beating of Ong. Tan then used the cane to hit the victim’s left arm. The victim ran away while Tan fled from the scene.

6 The victim was subsequently conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and sought outpatient treatment. The medical report (marked "B") revealed that he suffered contusion of the left elbow.

Antecedent

7 This was not Tan’s first brush with the law. He admitted to the following antecedents (CRO 60 marked "C"):

a. In 1973, he was subjected to two years police supervision under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, Cap. 112.

b. In 1973, he was fined $25 for using abusive language.

c. In 1973, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment for putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion. He was given a concurrent sentence of one year imprisonment for unlawfully consorting with others under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, Cap. 112.

d. In 1977, he was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment for rioting with deadly weapon.

e. In 1982, he was fined $800 for theft.

f. In 1984, he...

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