A man who allegedly spat at two women at a bus interchange claimed that one of them had insulted his mother and called him stupid.
Juraimi Kamaludin (right), 48, who is unemployed, claimed trial on Monday to five charges of being a public nuisance with his aggressive behaviour at Woodlands around 9.30pm on Oct 22 last year.
He is accused of spitting at and pushing Ms Teoh Lay Peng out of a bus and repeatedly spitting at Ms Lee Kuan Eng.
Ms Lee, 34, a secretary, testified that she boarded Service 950 and saw Juraimi arguing with and scolding Ms Teoh, 41.
Ten minutes later, when the bus did not move because of the spat, the passengers on board appealed to Juraimi to get off. Someone also asked for the police to be called.
After he allegedly pushed Ms Teoh out of the front door of the bus, he alighted and got into an argument with Ms Lee.
Taking the stand on the first day of the trial yesterday, Ms Lee said she had asked Juraimi whether he was a Singaporean because she felt Singaporeans would not behave the way he did.
He then showed her his pink Singapore IC and shot questions at her about how much she knew about Singapore.
She said he moved towards her in an aggressive manner.
She told the court that he stood so close to her that his chest almost touched hers.
So she pushed him away and shouted "molest". But he continued to walk aggressively towards her, she said.
Juraimi countered that he had spat at her because she had insulted him and his mother.
Ms Lee denied that and claimed he was dishonest and not remorseful at all.
She said he was bullying her, a woman.
Video clips of the incident were shown in court.
After he allegedly spat at Ms Teoh, she moved away. He then tried to push Ms Lee, but a security guard stepped between them.
Ms Lee said Juraimi spat at her more than twice. Juraimi also accused Ms Lee of being dishonest.
The trial continued on Tuesday.
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