Man jailed for brawl in toilet

Man jailed for brawl in toilet
Mr Soh Hun Seng, a grave caretaker at the Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery

SINGAPORE - A taxi driver was urinating in the toilet with the door open, when another man told him he should have closed the door.

The comment sparked off a fight which left the cabby with injuries to his arm, knee and nose.

Yesterday, Soh Hun Seng, 59, a caretaker at the Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery, was jailed seven months for voluntarily causing hurt.

He had hit Mr Gan Wee Beng with a metal broom handle and fractured his left arm.

Another similar charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.

A district court heard that on Feb 4 last year, Soh had been drinking alcohol at a coffee shop in Potong Pasir, since 5am.

At about 9am, Mr Gan, 56, went to the coffee shop with his wife, Madam Kong Lai Fun, 52.

When the cabby went to relieve himself, he did so without closing the door. When Soh told him he should have closed the door in case a woman walked past, Mr Gan replied that it was a men's toilet and no woman should be inside.

That started the argument.

On hearing the commotion, Madam Kong and Soh's friend, Mr Chio Boon Hean, 63, headed towards the toilet.

They got there just in time to see Soh charging at Mr Gan with a beer bottle and a metal broom handle.

Madam Kong stepped between them and used her hands to block Soh.

The caretaker, who was already intoxicated and unsteady, fell to the floor.

When Mr Gan picked up a metal stool to defend himself and his wife, Mr Chio grabbed him from behind, causing him to fall.

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