Man slashes neighbour's face with screwdriver

Man slashes neighbour's face with screwdriver
Fight: Oh It Meng denied dirtying the common corridor and a scuffle broke out between him and neighbour Goh Tee Tee.

SINGAPORE - They had been next-door neighbours for about 25 years, but they never could get along.

It was just his bad luck to be living there, said Mr Goh Tee Tee, 67, of his five-room HDB flat in Bukit Panjang.

The retiree shares the flat with his 62-year-old wife and adult son.

That bad luck turned violently rotten when odd-job labourer Oh It Meng, 49, attacked Mr Goh with a screwdriver in February.

Oh was jailed for four months on Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt.

A theft charge, for stealing Mr Goh's pouch containing S$20 from outside the latter's flat at around 6.15pm on Feb 18, was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Asran Samad said Mr Goh had returned home at around 3pm on Feb 18 and noticed that a cleaner had cleaned the stretch of common corridor outside his unit.

But he spotted litter when he stepped out about three hours later to water his potted plants.

Oh was standing outside his own flat at that time holding a screwdriver.

Mr Goh told him not to dirty the corridor, but Oh denied doing so.

A scuffle broke out and Oh used the screwdriver to slash the older man's face before fleeing.

Mr Goh told The New Paper that he was shocked when his neighbour suddenly attacked him.

He said: "I felt pain and ran into my flat. There was blood all over the floor and I closed the door.

"My wife came home about 30 minutes later and called the police when she found out what happened."

An ambulance took him to the National University Hospital, where his wound was stitched up. He was discharged the same day.

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