Accused arrested a month earlier for fighting in coffee shop
Shamsol Arifin Yusoff PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
He was arrested and charged with fighting with another man at a Bukit Batok coffee shop in September last year.
A month later, while out on bail, he abducted an eight-month-old boy from Madam Mia, whom he claimed was his girlfriend. He said he wanted to move out from her flat and take his "stepson" with him.
On Wednesday, Shamsol Arifin Yusoff, 35, was jailed five months and fined $1,500 for one count of affray and one count of abduction.
Another charge of using criminal force against a public servant was taken into account during sentencing. Shamsol, who was then unemployed, committed the first offence at a coffee shop last Sept 12.
At about 8am, he got into an argument with a man sitting at his table.
A third man, Suhaimi Naib, 45, stepped in to stop the dispute, and then used his belt to hit Shamsol.
In retaliation, Shamsol picked up a chair, hit Suhaimi with it and threw the chair at him.
Shamsol then headed for Madam Mia's apartment. Suhaimi followed him.
There, Shamsol armed himself with a chopper and confronted Suhaimi, who retreated after picking up a bamboo pole nearby.
Both men were later arrested.
Shamsol was released on bail after he was charged in court on Sept 13.
On Oct 23, at about 10pm, Shamsol went to Madam Mia's apartment and sharpened a knife.
As he was doing so, he complained to her that he had just had a quarrel with his friends and that he wanted to kill people, particularly a person named Laras.
An hour later, he switched off the lights in the flat as Madam Mia was praying and packed his bag.
He told her that he wanted to move out, went into the room where her eight-month-old son was sleeping and carried him.
She initially thought he was playing with her son. But she sensed something was wrong when he left the flat with the boy. She tried to stop him but he pushed her away.
She ran down the stairs, but could not find Shamsol and made a police report.
Shamsol was arrested near Bukit Panjang Plaza at about 1am.
The boy was found to have 10 blue marks on his shoulders, back and thigh.
On Tuesday, Shamsol said in mitigation he merely took the boy out to calm himself down and he could not have hurt him.
He said he told police where he was when they called his mobile phone.
District Judge Siva Shanmugam said in sentencing that Shamsol had caused the boy's mother much anxiety.
For abducting a person, Shamsol could have been jailed up to seven years, fined and caned.
For affray, he could have been jailed up to a year and fined up to $5,000.