Teen tenant threatens landlady: He says he's unfit to testify

Teen tenant threatens landlady: He says he's unfit to testify
Pierre Chng Yuheng, 19, who appeared lethargic in court said that he was unable to resume with his trial yesterday.

He had a medical certificate (MC), but it did not state that he was unfit to attend court.

Despite the doctor's opinion, Pierre Chng Yuheng, 19, maintained that he was unfit to resume what was supposed to be the third day of his trial yesterday.

And he loudly voiced his objection when District Judge Lim Keng Yeow indicated for the trial to resume.

The judge curtly interrupted Chng's outburst and chided the teenager.

"You will not object (to) the direction of the court," he told the full-time national serviceman.

Chng used to live in a rental unit within a Paya Lebar Crescent house with his family. They had a falling-out with their landlady, Madam Khoo Kim Cheng, who accused the Chngs of defaulting on their rent.

Chng, who faces two counts of criminal intimidation, is said to have verbally threatened to ruin Madam Khoo and her family members on May 2 last year.

Twenty days later, he allegedly threatened the mother of four by pointing a 1m-long tree branch at her.

His sister, Carmen Chng Jiawen, 18, was also taken to court for alleged offences including mischief and voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant. She will be dealt with separately.

Chng, who was supposed to be cross-examined by the prosecution, appeared lethargic when he turned up in court yesterday morning.


He sat slumped in the witness stand and his breathing sounded laboured.

Addressing the court, he said: "Yesterday, after the trial, I felt giddy and had fainting spells."

He said he was still feeling unwell, adding that he could not testify.

Judge Lim asked him to visit a doctor to obtain an MC and the teenager limped out of the courtroom to get one.

Chng returned to the courtroom at 2.30pm with the MC. He stood in the dock after meeting the judge in his chamber.

Again, the teenager stressed that he was feeling unwell and could not continue with the trial.

The judge chided him, saying: "You were able to answer my questions in (the) chamber a few moments ago."

Shortly after this, Chng appeared to have lost his footing and suddenly sat down heavily in the dock with a loud bump.

Following this, Judge Lim said that he was prepared to adjourn the trial even though the MC stated that the teenager was not unfit to attend court.

This was "to avoid prejudice" and "not to deprive (Chng) of a fair trial", said the judge.

The pre-trial conference for the case will be held on Nov 3. If convicted of criminal intimidation, Chng can be jailed for up to two years and fined for each count.


This article was first published on Oct 31, 2014.
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