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FROM SURVIVOR TO FIGHTER: Mr Popole Misenga getting a friend to stitch a sponsor's badge onto his judo gi (above), or attire, and training at the Instituto Reacao in Rio de Janeiro.
FROM SURVIVOR TO FIGHTER: Mr Popole Misenga getting a friend to stitch a sponsor's badge onto his judo gi, or attire, and training at the Instituto Reacao in Rio de Janeiro (above).
FROM SURVIVOR TO FIGHTER: Mr Popole Misenga getting a friend to stitch a sponsor's badge onto his judo gi, or attire, and training at the Instituto Reacao in Rio de Janeiro (above).
FROM SURVIVOR TO FIGHTER: Mr Misenga playfully 
shows his year-old son Heliasin some judo moves at his home in Rio, Brazil.
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Pregnant woman jailed for hurting ex-fiance with knife

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Jobless man jailed for attacking two men and stealing meat

Jobless man jailed for attacking two men and stealing $300 worth of meat

He has been in and out of jail six times over the last 20 years.

Next month, Selvakumaran Namokarean will be back behind bars again.

In the past, he was jailed for voluntarily causing hurt, theft in dwelling, and criminal intimidation.

Yesterday, Selvakumaran, 37, who is jobless, was jailed 20 months for voluntarily causing hurt and theft.

He attacked four people on separate occasions and stole two cartons of chicken meat worth $300.

His latest crime spree lasted between April and September 2014.

On April 30, 2014, Selvakumaran got into an argument with Sativel Arumugam, 56, at the void deck of Block 707, Clementi West Street 2.

Selvakumaran had earlier accused Sativel of being a bad influence on a group of teenage students.

Selvakumaran took a red screwdriver from his back pocket and pointed it at Sativel.

He then punched and slapped Sativel, who retaliated by punching Selvakumaran in the head until he fell to the ground.

Sativel then continued raining punches and kicks on him.

The two men were later sent to National University Hospital (NUH) and Alexandra Hospital.

OTHER ATTACKS

That same day, Selvakumaran also choked another man, Mr Muhammad Qayyum, with his right hand.

Two months later, he attacked a third victim, Mr Mohammad Asri Basir, with a 33cm-long hammer.

On the evening of Aug 11, he struck again. He and his friend, Pannirselvam Mutthiah, 43, were drinking at the void deck of Block 704, West Coast Road, when they spotted Mr Noor Mohammed Nasir Ali, 29, who Pannirselvam felt had been bad-mouthing him.

They confronted him, but walked away without doing anything.

Later, they went back to Mr Noor and snatched his mobile phone.

When Mr Noor asked for it back, the two men punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

Mr Noor made a police report and later sought treatment at NUH for his swollen nose and lips, abrasions on his face, and a missing tooth from his upper jaw.

Selvakumaran and Pannirselvam were arrested and released on bail.

In September 2014, the two friends stole two cartons of chicken wings and chicken thigh meat worth $300 from a meat stall at Block 726, Clementi West Street 2.

The meat had been left in the corridor outside the stall.

Police tracked down the two men, who had been caught in the act on closed-circuit television cameras.

Yesterday, Selvakumaran pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntarily causing hurt and one count of theft, with four other charges taken into consideration during sentencing.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Dillon Kok pointed out that this was not Selvakumaran's first brush with the law.

Since 1994, he has been convicted of crimes such as housebreaking, disorderly behaviour, criminal intimidation and criminal breach of trust.

The court, however, allowed Selvakumaran, who is on $28,000 bail, to defer his sentence till May 13 to attend to his bedridden father.

Pannirselvam's and Sativel's cases are pending.

He almost lost car and $27,500 in Johor Baru

Football fan was waiting to deposit money meant for matchday trip when incident happened in Johor Baru

LUCKY: (Above) Mr Akbar Hashim felt thankful despite having to replace his car's ignition key slot, which was damaged
LUCKY: Mr Akbar Hashim felt thankful despite having to replace his car's ignition key slot, which was damaged (above).

When he opened the door of his car, the sight of ash on his seat and smell of clove cigarettes alarmed him.

Mr Akbar Hashim had driven to Johor Baru by himself on Thursday morning and he did not smoke.

The 54-year-old, who heads local football fan club Die-Hard Fans Singapore, has been organising trips overseas to support the national team, as well as the former LionsXII in the Malaysian Super League, since the 1990s.

He told The New Paper (TNP) yesterday: "Something was wrong. I knew that someone had been in my car."

Mr Akbar's first thought was to reach under his car seat, where he had stashed a sling bag.

RELIEVED

The bag contained RM80,000 (S$27,500), which he had intended to deposit into a bank account that day.

The money was meant for a trip he was organising for Singaporean football fans to attend the Sultan of Selangor Cup at the Shah Alam Stadium in the state of Selangor.

Mr Akbar heaved a sigh of relief when he felt and opened the bag.

"When I grabbed the bag by the sling, it felt like it had some weight.

"Thank God the money was all still there," he said.

Mr Akbar then checked the glove compartment for his passport and found that it was still there.

Just when he thought everything was fine, Mr Akbar was shocked to see that the ignition key slot of his Toyota Wish had been damaged.

"Someone tried to steal my car, but they must have fled when they couldn't get the engine to start," he said.

When he realised he could not start the car to return to Singapore, he phoned a Malaysian friend in Johor Bahru for help.

The friend helped to get the car to a workshop, where the ignition key slot was replaced. It cost Mr Akbar RM1,000, but he said it could have been much worse.

He was thankful that whoever tried to steal his car had not looked below the car seat or searched his car.

Mr Akbar said the money would be used to charter 34 buses to send 1,000 supporters from Singapore to Shah Alam to watch the match between Singapore Selects and Liga Super Malaysia on May 7.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah started the event in 2001 to promote closer relations between Selangor and Singapore.

Last year's edition, which was scheduled for Oct 4, was cancelled due to the severe haze.

Mr Akbar told TNP that he had gone to the Larkin Market, which is popular among Singaporeans, to have breakfast at 7.30am.

He had parked his car near a taxi stand and took his time to eat because he was "killing time" while waiting for the bank to open.

"Besides, no one knew I had that money in my car and I always park there," said Mr Akbar, who visits Johor Bahru at least twice a week.

Someone tried to steal my car, but they must have fled when they couldn't get the engine to start.

- Mr Akbar Hashim

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