Samurai sword attacker gets 10 years' jail
He had pleaded guilty to attacking his neighbour with a short samurai sword but failed to turn up in court for his sentencing in November last year.
Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, 64, was arrested 13 days later in his flat at Block 107, Commonwealth Crescent, on Nov 25 and was slapped with two additional charges, both of drug consumption.
The jobless man was yesterday jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to one count each of voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, trespassing and drug consumption.
A second drug consumption charge and one count of being in possession of a weapon were taken into consideration during sentencing.
At around 4pm on June 6 last year, Abdul Rahman barged into Mr Yun Yew Lee's flat armed with a chopper and a sword with a 32cm blade. He slashed the 41-year-old on his left forearm.
The court heard that the two neighbours used to be on good terms but their relationship soured over a $50 loan, which Mr Lee had given Abdul Rahman.
Abdul Rahman pleaded guilty on Sept 9 last year but failed to turn up in court on the day of his sentencing about two months later.
After he was arrested on Nov 25, his urine sample was found to contain morphine and he pleaded guilty to one count of drug consumption last month.
For voluntarily causing hurt, Abdul Rahman could have been jailed up to seven years and fined. And for consuming drugs, he could have been jailed up to 13 years.
He escaped caning because he is above 50 years old.