15 months' jail for man who assaulted two people

15 months' jail for man who assaulted two people

A man who assaulted two people in separate incidents was jailed for 15 months yesterday.

Zamzam Ismail, 46, had admitted to punching, kicking and stepping on the head of a 33-year-old man with his alleged accomplice. He had also admitted to grievously hurting a woman in Jurong West.

A district court heard that in the April 13 incident, the victim Said Jeffry Said Abdullah, with three others, met Zamzam to settle a problem at a hard court near a Housing Board block in Bukit Batok East Avenue 4.

Zamzam was then with co-accused Mohammad Rosli Abdul Rahim, 44, who is being dealt with separately. The victim and one of the three men had metal poles, but they were not used during the assault.

In the ensuing dispute, Zamzam punched the victim several times on his face and kicked him, causing him to fall. Rosli allegedly stepped hard on the victim's head a few times while he was on the ground.

In the Jan 26 case, the court heard that Madam Peh Chu Tey was closing shop for the day at Jurong West Avenue 1 when she saw Zamzam looking at her from the outside. Suddenly, he rushed into the bakery and punched her once in her face. She was thrown back against the wall and was punched again. She suffered a broken right eye socket, a medical report found.

District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said that given the victim's fracture, it showed that Zamzam had used a lot of force against the 61-year-old victim, who did not do anything to him.

"I think in this case, the sentence has to reflect the seriousness of your offence in order to protect the public," he said.

The sentence was backdated to April 15.

Zamzam has previous convictions for criminal trespass, theft and mischief by killing a cat.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined or caned for causing grievous hurt.


This article was published on Aug 19 in The Straits Times.

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