In front of horrified diners, two Chinese nationals fought violently over a woman at a fast-food restaurant outlet at Sun Plaza shopping mall.
Yesterday, one of them, Ding Zhi gang, 27, was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to one count of disturbing public peace.
The case involving his love rival, food processing worker Wang Yungang, 36, is still pending.
The court heard that Ding's girlfriend, who was not named in court papers, used to be in a relationship with Wang.
The two men had agreed to meet to discuss matters involving her.
The woman was also present when the men met at the fast-food restaurant in the Sembawang mall at around 9.30pm on June 9.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Soh Weiqi said the meeting did not go well and Wang splashed a cup of Coke on Ding's face.
Ding, who was a supervisor in a food manufacturing company, then punched Wang's face.
Wang retaliated by swinging a chair at the younger man, hitting his forehead.
The confrontation heated up and both men ended up on the floor.
Wang also bit Ding's ear during the scuffle, said DPP Soh.
The women tried to separate the two men but the fight stopped only after a diner from another restaurant nearby heard the commotion and came over to pull them apart.
Both Chinese nationals were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital where Ding was found to be suffering from cuts to his forehead and right ear. He also had some bruising on his chest.
Wang suffered mild facial bruising, scratch marks on his stomach and tenderness on his neck and left upper calf.
In mitigation, Ding, who was not represented by a lawyer, told District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan that he enjoys working in Singapore.
Pleading for leniency, he assured the court he would not re-offend.
For disturbing the public peace, he could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $5,000.
This article was first published on September 4, 2015.
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