SINGAPORE — A man who shoved a plate of food into the face of a woman in her last trimester of pregnancy was fined $1,500 on Friday (19 March).
Kevin Fong Kwok Hsi, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of using criminal force on the 32-year-old woman.
District Judge Prem Raj noted that the victim was in an advanced state of pregnancy and had disengaged, but that Fong had confronted her.
"In these circumstances you should have walked away instead of doing what you did to a heavily pregnant woman," said the judge.
However, he agreed that a jail term was not warranted and noted that full restitution had been made.
Facts of the case
On 23 November 2019 at about 2pm, both the victim and Fong were at Golden Village Vivocity to attend a movie day hosted by some firms.
When the victim was walking past a “Frozen II” character standee, she felt someone poke her on the left thigh. She turned, and realised that it was an elderly man.
While he did not say anything, it appeared that he had poked her because she was in the way of a family member who was trying to take a photograph with the standee, said the prosecution.
The victim then mumbled to herself, “Crazy anyhow touch people”, and walked away. Fong's wife heard what the victim said and stared at her.
The victim told her husband about the incident but they did not pursue the matter as they did not want to spoil the event.
Fong confronted the victim
Five minutes after Fong's wife told him what had happened, while the victim was in the queue for a buffet lunch, Fong approached her and stared at her. When the victim asked Fong “What is your problem?”, Fong replied, “Why you say my father crazy?”
The victim told Fong that his father had poked her on the thigh, that she was a woman, and that she could report his father. She poked Fong on his left thigh to demonstrate what his father did.
Fong, who was holding a plate of pastries, responded by shoving the food into the woman's face.
The victim felt pain in her nose and sustained a scratch there. Her husband heard her shout and came to her assistance. He shoved Fong on the chest but the two men were quickly separated.
The victim called the police at about 2.21pm.
She was attended to at a hospital where she incurred a medical bill of $121 after a follow-up appointment with the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department. Fong has since repaid her the sum.
Fong was previously convicted for grabbing the neck of a 13-year-old boy.
His lawyer Gopalakrishnan Dinagaran said that the victim was the one who "started the whole chain of events" and had poked Fong's thigh without warning.
His client had not shoved the plate forcefully, added the lawyer.
"There was a misunderstanding between parties and he did not manage it well. He wanted to apologise to her that day but her husband was also involved and shoved him so in all that confusion he did not apologise," Dinagaran added.
Fong could have been jailed up to three months, or fined up to $1,500, or both, for using criminal force
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