Deliveryman lands in jail for robbery, theft

Deliveryman lands in jail for robbery, theft

SINGAPORE - A part-time deliveryman behind two violent attacks - including one in which he robbed a teenage female student - was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and six strokes of the cane yesterday.

Shaffik Nassar Issa Abdat, 33, pleaded guilty to robbing 17-year-old Nur Haireen Mohd Kahalid on July 12, after she walked past him on an overhead bridge leading to Meridien Junior College in Pasir Ris.

Ms Nur Haireen had been sending text messages on her $549 Sony Xperia phone when Shaffik followed her and snatched it as she walked down the steps.

He then kicked her in the arm and mouth, leaving her bruised and needing three days of medical leave.

He later sold the phone for $200. No restitution was made and he was given two years' jail and six strokes of the cane for the robbery.

The father of two, who has previous convictions for theft, received a further six months in prison for stealing $200, which he withdrew from a man's bank account after beating him up outside a building in Ubi Road 1 on Aug 19, 2012, and taking his wallet.

He and a friend, also a part-time deliveryman, punched and kicked Mr Tan Hee Huat, 51, following a dispute in the loading bay after Mr Tan had pushed his friend's motorbike out of the way so that a colleague could reverse a lorry.

Mr Tan was knocked unconscious, suffered cuts to his head and needed eight days of medical leave.

Shaffik and his friend - 32-year-old Helmi A. Rani, who was jailed six months for two offences- later used Mr Tan's bank card to withdraw $200 from an ATM, after managing to guess his PIN.

They split the money and Shaffik spent his share.

Expressing remorse for his offences, Shaffik told the court he was divorced and has two young children to support. He said he was in the process of reconciling with his former wife.

For robbery, he could have been jailed for between two and 10 years, and given at least six strokes of the cane. For theft, he could have been jailed for up to three years and fined.

This article was first published on October 18, 2014.
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