SINGAPORE - When he saw tattoos on the man's legs, he saw red.
Red as in the colour of the paint that loanshark runners usually splatter on the homes of loan defaulters.
Ng Hwa Lee was so enraged about a loanshark runner harassing his uncle that he slashed an innocent man after mistaking him to be the runner because of his tattoos.
The sales engineer, 34, was jailed for seven months on Tuesday after pleading guilty on Monday to one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Mr Sim Beng Hui, 22, at the ground floor lift lobby of Block 624A, Woodlands Drive 52, on April 24, 2011.
This was not the first time an innocent man was assaulted after being mistaken for a loanshark runner.
In 2009, two men and a woman ganged up against a bank manager who they thought was working for an illegal moneylender.
In Ng's case, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Claire Poh told the court that he was at another uncle's flat at Block 623 to commemorate his grand-mother's death anniversary and was drinking alcohol when he received a phone call from his uncle, who lives at the nearby Block 624A.