He slashed his friend with a penknife, leaving the latter with permanent scars on his face.
The court heard that the vicious attack was sparked by a trivial matter.
Sim Bee Teck, 48, assaulted Mr Moo Kwan Hua, 44, because he was angry the younger man had told him off for calling him incessantly on his mobile phone.
Sim was yesterday jailed for 10 months and six weeks, fined $9,000 and ordered to receive three strokes of the cane for this offence and two others.
The jobless Sim pleaded guilty to one count each of voluntarily causing hurt, managing an illegal gambling joint and failing to submit a statement of affairs to the Official Assignee (OA) within the stipulated deadline.
The prosecuting officer for the OA, Mr Ramesh Chandra, said a bankruptcy order was made against Sim by the High Court on May 16, 2013.
The OA administers the vast majority of bankruptcies in Singapore. Under the Bankruptcy Act, a bankrupt has to submit a statement of affairs - containing information such as his financial details and history - to the OA within 21 days from the date of the order.
But Sim did not submit his statement even after a reminder on Sept 20 that year.
Besides this, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Dillon Kok said that on March 1 last year, a team of police officers raided a unit that Sim had rented in Golden Mile Tower at Beach Road.
They saw three gamers sitting in front of computers that were illegally running fruit machine software.
Sim was standing nearby monitoring the players.
The officers arrested all four people and seized items, including 11 gambling computers, two keys to fruit machines and $520.
DPP Kok said that Sim had been managing the joint for about a month before the arrest.
About eight months later, Mr Moo, who is also jobless, was at a Turf Club outlet to bet on horses.
Sim knew his friend was there and called him incessantly on his mobile phone to ask about the odds.
Irritated, Mr Moo told Sim to stop calling him. Sim got angry and scolded his friend.
The pair agreed to meet at a coffee shop at Block 37, Chai Chee Avenue, later that day. When Mr Moo approached Sim, the latter took out a 15cm penknife from his pocket, charged at him and slashed him repeatedly.
He continued slashing Mr Moo even after they fell to the ground in the scuffle. Passers-by separated the pair.
Sim threw the knife to the ground before heading home to nearby Block 32. Mr Moo went to Changi General Hospital where he was found to have multiple cuts on his face.
Quoting a doctor, DPP Kok said that Mr Moo has permanent facial scarring that will fade but will not disappear.
For voluntarily causing hurt, Sim could have been jailed up to seven years, fined, caned, or receive any combination of such punishments.
This article was first published on Feb 18, 2015.
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