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Spat turns into bloody drama at Newton Food Centre

Two hawker stall helpers did not see eye to eye. So they quarrelled over who had right of way at work.

But their spat soon got out of hand at Newton Food Centre and turned bloody last evening (July 17).

Lianhe Wanbao said both men were working at the same zi char (cooked food) stall when they started arguing over who was supposed to give way.

The conflict eventually spilled outside the stall, with both men raising their voices and startling diners.

Things took a bloody turn when the older man, 51, slashed his colleague's left arm with a fruit knife that he was holding.

The attack ruptured the 41-year-old victim's artery.

Police called in

It seems there was already bad blood between the pair before Friday's attack happened.

The attacker had worked at the stall for about a year while his colleague had joined several months ago.

According to Wanbao, their boss had tried to mediate previously when they fought. She even threatened to fire them at one point.

Hawkers and customers who witnessed the scene called the police close to 6pm.

Officers arrested the 51-year-old man for voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.

His colleague, who was still conscious, was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Police investigations are ongoing.

Sources: Lianhe Wanbao, SPF

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