SINGAPORE- A construction worker quarrelled with a safety supervisor over the use of a crane. He then slashed another colleague with a chopper.
Chinese national Xu Xing Xing, 27, was yesterday jailed a month for the incident on Aug 17 last year.
The court heard that Xu argued with his Bangladeshi safety supervisor at their Charlton Road construction site in Kovan some time after 5pm. Xu then went to the site kitchen to get a chopper.
Approaching a group of workers that included the safety supervisor, he waved the chopper and shouted in Mandarin.
A Bangladeshi colleague, Mr Bepari Mohammad Juel, 26, who was standing closest to Xu, was slashed on his left forearm when he raised it to defend himself.
The 4cm-long laceration needed 10 stitches.
When the safety supervisor shouted at Xu, he ran out of the construction site.
In mitigation, Xu's lawyer Ronald Wong from Rajah & Tann, said the argument had resulted from a breakdown in communication between the Chinese national and Mr Bepari, who speaks Bengali.
Mr Wong said the group of Bangladeshi workers had taken over the crane without permission from Xu.
Xu, who came to Singapore five years ago, had been hoping to return to China to spend the Chinese New Year with his wife and two-month-old daughter, Mr Wong added.
District Judge Salina Ishak said the crime was not premeditated and the injuries to the victim was not too serious.
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