Man jailed 12 months for ice-pick attack

An unemployed man who repeatedly slashed his friend with an ice pick in the void deck of a Housing Board block was jailed for 12 months Tuesday.

Chng Kai Jie, 41, admitted that he attacked Mr Low Hang Poh, whom he suspected of stealing his mobile phone.

The court heard that Mr Low was with his girlfriend at the void deck of Block 552, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, on the evening of June 3.

Chng approached them and suddenly took out an ice pick wrapped in masking tape and stabbed the victim on his left shoulder and slashed him repeatedly.

Mr Low, 39, warded off the attack and ran away. He was treated for cuts on his shoulder and arm in hospital and discharged the next day.

Chng, who has previous convictions for drug-related offences, unlawful possession of an offensive weapon, affray and theft, had his sentence backdated to his remand on June 5. The maximum penalty for causing hurt with a dangerous weapon is seven years' jail, a fine and caning.

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