Man who slashed girlfriend's ex with parang sentenced
Man jailed six years for ambushing girlfriend's married ex-boyfriend. Judge: Attack was ‘shocking, vicious and violent’
When he found out his new girlfriend once had an affair with a man who turned out to be married, he decided to teach the man a lesson.
But it was a brutal lesson. He attacked him with a parang, leaving his victim with serious injuries.
On May 29 last year, Wong Guoliang ambushed Mr Fredrick Toh Cheng Chye, 36, and slashed him five times - on his back, skull, cheek, right arm and abdomen, which made his intestines spill out.
Wong, 34, was yesterday sentenced to six years' jail and nine strokes of the cane.
He was also fined $1,000 and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 20 years.
In Wong's defence, a psychiatrist had reported that Wong has "personality disorder" and he acted "impulsively".
Yesterday, District Judge Jasvender Kaur rebutted those claims, describing the attack as "shocking, vicious and violent".
Said Judge Kaur: "...You had planned to commit the offence and your conduct cannot be described as impulsive...
"There was significant premeditation to lure the victim and to avoid detection."
Wong had a blog. In it, he said he first found out about Mr Toh early last year when he was talking to his girlfriend. She had asked him about his previous relationships and told him her last relationship was with a man who turned out to be married.
On May 28 last year, Wong called Mr Toh, who is a renovation contractor, pretending he needed some renovation done.
The pair agreed to meet the next day at Hillview Warehouse in Hillview Terrace. At around 10.30am on May 29, Wong drove his friend's BMW, without consent, to the warehouse.
Wong had been banned from driving in 2008 for eight years due to traffic-related offences.
Mr Toh arrived there at around 11am. As he waited, Wong approached from a staircase landing.
All Mr Toh saw before the attack was a man wearing a surgical mask.
Somehow, the bleeding Mr Toh escaped by staggering to a carpark where he lay down and waited for help.
Yesterday, the prosecution told the judge the police were able to track Wong from closed-circuit television footage of him driving the BMW.
The court also learnt Wong had used a different telephone number to contact Mr Toh, in addition to using the name "Michael" to hide his identity.
Added Judge Kaur: "To ensure the victim will be attacked unawares, you hid the parang behind your back as you approached him... You slashed the victim five times before he managed to escape. This is not a case of a single blow but a sustained assault."
Wong's defence lawyer, Mr Steven Lam, had previously said his client has a tendency to indulge in fantasy to cope with stress.
Mr Lam had said: "One of the recurring figures (he fantasised about) is Michael whom our client regards as his guardian angel.
"Our client felt he acted on the instructions of Michael, who wanted him to teach Mr Toh a lesson to prevent Mr Toh from causing harm to more women."
Wong's violent attack caused Mr Toh to be hospitalised for 11 days and lose parts of his digestive system.
A 20cm of Mr Toh's small intestine and 2cm of the large intestine could not be salvaged, court documents showed.
When Mr Toh was contacted yesterday evening, he said he was not aware his attacker had been sentenced.