A man who stood up for his boss was slashed in broad daylight at the carpark of Serangoon Plaza in Little India.
Mr Pannirchelvam Ramachandra, 47, was walking with his elderly boss, Mr N.K. Lal, when Nagasaravanan Uttamasegeran Pillai (left), 39, attacked them on June 27 last year.
Nagasaravanan, who is a director in a construction company, was jailed for 22 weeks yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.
Nagasaravanan, who was upset with Mr Lal over a personal matter, had arranged a meeting with him that fateful day.
When Nagasaravanan saw the duo in the carpark at 3pm, he lost his cool and tried to punch Mr Lal, who dodged the blow.
Nagasaravanan then threw a punch at Mr Pannirchelvam, who retaliated.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Marcus Foo said Nagasaravanan suddenly took out a knife and slashed Mr Pannirchelvam on his left forearm and right thigh.
After that, he got into his car, drove off and threw the weapon into a dustbin opposite the nearby City Square Mall.
Mr Pannirchelvam took a taxi to the Singapore General Hospital, where he was hospitalised for four days.
In mitigation, Nagasaravanan's lawyer, Mr S.S. Dhillon, said that Mr Lal was his client's good friend.
However, relations between the two soured following a dispute between Nagasaravanan's girlfriend and Mr Lal.
The lawyer added that his client had gone to the carpark to obtain a written apology from Mr Lal and was surprised to see Mr Pannirchelvam there.
The court heard that the scuffle broke out after Nagasaravanan tried to speak to Mr Lal, but Mr Pannirchelvam responded in an aggressive manner. For voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, Nagasaravanan could have been jailed up to seven years.
This article was first published on March 27, 2015.
Get The New Paper for more stories.