Hawker jailed for slashing man's face with saw at coffee shop after dispute over cigarette smoke
SINGAPORE: An intoxicated man slashed a coffee shop patron's face with a saw after a dispute over cigarette smoke, leaving scars on the victim's face.
The court heard that Leaw had been drinking with a friend, 36-year-old Chen Chunhou, at the coffee shop at 88 Lorong 25A Geylang on Apr 3 last year.He told the men at the victim's table to stop smoking and the two groups began arguing.Leaw told his friend to leave and left the coffee shop to go to a hardware store nearby, as he needed to do some repair work on his hawker stall.
The victim, who began bleeding, grabbed the saw and two other people managed to restrain Leaw, pinning him down until the police arrived.Leaw's victim was taken to hospital with a 15cm laceration over his cheek and incurred about S$2,400 in medical expenses.
She asked for at least 15 months' jail and for Leaw to pay the victim compensation for his medical bills, saying the attack left a noticeable scar.Defence lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong of Invictus Law asked instead for not more than a year's jail, with no caning.
He urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying his client had pleaded guilty and was cooperative with authorities.He also noted that Leaw used a 56cm-long saw with a serrated edge that left a laceration and a visible scar on the victim.
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