Former bouncer jailed for beating up patron

Former bouncer jailed for beating up patron

A judge said on Thursday that he found it "mystifying" how police issued licences to nightclub security officers.

District Judge Low Wee Ping said this on Thursday when sentencing a bouncer to two months in jail for assaulting a patron.

This court had never seen a shoe print mark on a victim's face... ever. - District Judge Low Wee Ping referring to a photograph of the injured face of patron Chee Thin Kam

Ahmad Zaki Mohd Said, 35, had been found guilty and convicted on Oct 8 after an eight-day trial.

He, Firdauz Ismail, 26, and Iskandar Sanip, 31, assaulted crane operator Chee Thin Kam, 30, so viciously that they left a shoe print on his face.

The attack on Feb 23 last year took place at about 3am, after they had escorted Mr Chin out of St James Power Station.

Pleading for a lenient sentence, Ahmad Zaki's lawyer, Mr V. Ramesh, said that the police had suspended Ahmad Zaki's security officer licence and may now bar him from security work.

Judge Low then said: "The court is comforted that bouncers have to be licensed by police, but curious that Firdauz continued to be licensed although he had been convicted in 2011 of beating up three patrons at the same club."

'OVERSIGHT'

He said that this could be an "oversight" by the police and added that it was a matter of public interest why the licence issued to Firdauz was not revoked.

Referring to a photograph of Mr Chee's injured face, the judge said: "This court had never seen a shoe print mark on a victim's face... ever."

Firdauz received the stiffest sentence of three months' jail as he had a similar conviction two years ago, while Iskandar was jailed for three weeks.

Last November, a 28-year-old man ended up in intensive care after a fight at St James Power Station.

Fifteen men, understood to be bouncers, were arrested in connection with the case.


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