Man jailed for attacking ex-girlfriend's friend
Using his ex-girlfriend's mobile phone, he sent a text message to two of her male friends, asking to meet them.
When they turned up, part-time mover Soh Yuan Qing, now 26, took one of them, Mr Jeremy Nyoe Jie Ming, aside before suddenly attacking him.
Soh punched Mr Nyoe, 24, repeatedly and he stopped only when he injured his hand.
The brutal attack left the victim with facial injuries, including a nasal bone fracture and two open wounds above his left upper eyelid.
Soh was jailed for eight months yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt.
The court heard that before the attack on Sept 27 last year, he had taken his ex-girlfriend, Ms Denise Heather Ryan, 24, home to a condominium near Bukit Panjang.
When she went up to her unit to drop her daughter off, he used her mobile phone to send a text message to Mr Nyoe and Mr Kwa Siwei, 25, asking them to go to the first storey of the condominium to smoke.
Mr Kwa turned up first and met up with him.
Ms Ryan returned and found out that Soh had used her mobile phone to contact her friends. A quarrel broke out between the pair.
When Mr Nyoe arrived at around 9.45pm, Soh took him aside and told the others that he wanted to discuss something with him.
He confronted Mr Nyoe about some text messages he had sent Ms Ryan. Soh then punched his face.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ryan David Lim said Soh continued punching Mr Nyoe with both hands until he fell to the ground.
Mr Kwa tried to intervene, but was stopped by one of Soh's acquaintances, who was also at the scene.
DPP Lim said: "The attack ceased when the accused injured his hand punching (Mr Nyoe)."
Soh left soon afterwards and Mr Nyoe was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. He was given 17 days of medical leave.
DPP Lim urged District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim to jail Soh for between six and nine months, stressing that the attack was unprovoked.
Soh's lawyer, Mr Kea Cheng Han, asked for his client to be jailed for five months.
He said Soh did not specifically go to the condominium to start a fight and added that his client had given Mr Nyoe $900 as compensation.
For voluntarily causing grievous hurt, Soh could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined or caned.