Woman broke mum's nose over Korean drama

Upset that her mother wanted to cancel a subscription to her Korean drama channel, a 25-year-old woman with behavioural issues broke her nose.

Yesterday, Narelle Olivia Phoon Rujun, who is unemployed, was placed on nine months' supervised probation after pleading guilty to the Oct 5 assault.

She was also ordered yesterday to remain indoors between 8pm and 6am.

Her parents have to sign a $5,000 bond to ensure her good behaviour.

On the day of the assault, she overheard her mother, Ms Jessie Chew Yit Chean, mentioning the plan to scrap the subscription.

Phoon told Ms Chew not to do so.

She then locked the door of their Housing Board flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9.

This was to prevent her father, who had gone out, from entering.

When he came back, Phoon rushed to stand between Ms Chew and the door to stop it from being opened.

She punched her mother twice, fracturing her nasal bone.

Ms Chew told her husband through the window to call the police, which he did.

He then managed to enter the flat and pin Phoon down. The police arrived shortly after.

According to a report from the Institute of Mental Health, Phoon has moderate intellectual disability with behavioural problems, and has been prescribed medication to manage her condition.

The court ordered her to receive treatment as required.

She could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000 for voluntarily hurting her mother.

This article was first published on December 25, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.