SINGAPORE — Frustrated with being unable to meet her ex-husband who was hospitalised, a woman slapped a hospital worker.
Jun Andylinn Abdul Majid, 62, was fined $2,000 for one count of voluntarily causing hurt, which she pleaded guilty to on Wednesday (10 November).
The victim was a 52-year-old man who was a patient service associate with Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) at the time.
Andylinn’s ex-husband was conveyed to NTFGH on 22 September last year and Andylinn went to locate him soon after. At the hospital, she asked about him and was told he was in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department, and that no one was allowed in due to the pandemic.
She was then given information on a piece of paper by the victim, and was asked to return to the hospital later at night. Andylinn returned with a family member at a stipulated time but still could not see her ex-husband as he was not there.
Andylinn returned to the A&E Department about 15 minutes later and confronted the victim, alleging that the information given by him was inaccurate. However, the victim explained that it was retrieved from NTFGH's system. He then tore up the piece of paper containing the information, as it was part of NTFGH's efforts to adhere to the Personal Data Protection Act.
Andylinn accused the victim of being unprofessional and slapped him during the ensuing dispute. The man received a facial contusion.
The prosecution, represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tin Shu Min, sought a fine of $2,000 to $2,500. It took into account Andylinn's plea of guilt, and that her offence had not been premeditated or protracted.
Nonetheless, Andylinn had targeted a vulnerable part of the victim’s body, and the victim was a public service worker.
Andylinn’s lawyer David Ling said that his client continues to visit her ex-husband, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and diabetes, daily.
She had been tired and anxious from being unable to find her husband for nearly four hours. According to Andylinn, the victim had walked around the table separating him from Andylinn and kicked her. In retaliation, Andylinn slapped him on the face once.
However, District Judge Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz said that she viewed CCTV footage tendered to court and did not see the kick.
The woman could have been jailed up to three years, or fined up to $5,000, or both.
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