Settling it out of court... with fists

Settling it out of court... with fists

SINGAPORE - Courts of law are where learned adversaries engage in legal battles, using evidence and eloquence to make their case.

But on Thursday, a different sort of battle unfolded outside the Subordinate Courts at Havelock Square.

It looked like a case of antagonists resorting to violence to settle what they could not in court. As two men scuffled and exchanged blows, a woman also joined in for good measure.

Her weapon of choice - a shopping bag that she swung at one of the men who had earlier confronted her.

It is not clear what had transpired inside the court, but there was obvious bad blood as the men went wildly at each other for about five minutes.

By the time they were separated, shirts had been ripped, faces bruised and scratched, and even their hands appeared swollen.

It took about 10 security personnel and police officers another 10 minutes to calm them down and send them on their way.

Mr Jeremy Long, 27, a photojournalist with The New Paper, arrived at the Subordinate Courts just past 3pm and saw two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s or 40s, and a woman coming out of the building. All of them looked Caucasian.

Mr Long saw the older man speaking to the woman and his body language was confrontational.

"They stood there for about one to two minutes. I could see that he was raising his voice," he said. "Then the younger man suddenly punched him and they started fighting."

Mr Long immediately took out his camera to take pictures of the fight.

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