Man fined for attacking rival football fan in coffee shop

Man fined for attacking rival football fan in coffee shop
Lim Leng Hwee was also fined for damaging his cell while in remand.

SINGAPORE - A football supporter, who attacked a rival fan with a metal pole in a coffee shop, was fined S$4,000 by a court.

Lim Leng Hwee, 38, was part of a group that assaulted technician Roger Lian Yong Hong, 32, and two fellow Manchester City fans, leaving all three in hospital.

They had been discussing their team's win over Arsenal on Dec 14 last year when a man in a Gunners shirt approached and demanded in Hokkien to know why they were speaking so loudly.

When one of them told him that they were merely enjoying themselves, he pushed him.

Lim was part of a group at the S-11 coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 who then assaulted the three City fans. Mr Lian, who was hit on the head with a metal pole, suffered a cut on his forehead and swelling on the back of his head.

The other attackers remain at large but Lim, who is jobless, was caught and pleaded guilty to voluntarily hurting his victim and to committing mischief by damaging his cell during about a week in remand. His fine included S$1,000 for the latter offence.

Lim, who has a past conviction for drug possession, has paid over S$1,500 in compensation to Mr Lian and the police. For voluntarily causing hurt, Lim could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to S$5,000.

Separately, a 56-year-old lorry driver was yesterday jailed for 15 months for voluntarily causing grievous hurt to a forklift driver, 43, at a foodcourt along Lorong 23 Geylang last Nov 23.

Together with an odd-job worker, 56, whose case is still pending, Goh Kim San punched and kicked the victim in the face and stomach. A mug thrown by his accomplice also hit the victim's face.

These left him in a coma for about two days and with injuries including cuts and fractures.

This article was first published on JULY 2, 2014.
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