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An 80-year-old man allegedly slashed an 88-year-old man with a knife in a bid to stand up for his wife.
The incident occurred outside Sheng Siong supermarket at Block 122 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 last Friday evening (Mar 17).
Police were alerted to the incident at 5.56pm that day and seized a knife at the scene.
Teo Woo Cheng was charged on Saturday with voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, reported The Straits Times.
According to court documents, Teo used the knife to cut the victim once on his left index finger, once on his right thumb area, and around the victim’s mouth area.
The victim was conscious when taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Residents in the vicinity told Lianhe Zaobao that Teo lives at Block 122, while the victim lives at Block 121. It is believed that Teo had returned home after the incident and left bloody handprints in the lift.
Photo: Lianhe Zaobao
A food stall assistant said that both men are regular patrons of the coffee shop at Block 122.
On the day of the incident, the victim had reportedly been walking to the coffee shop from the supermarket while Teo followed him with a knife and struck.
The food stall assistant added: "The victim was slashed once. A long wound stretched from his left cheek and across the nose to his right cheek. He was bleeding all over and it was scary.
"He then lay down near the entrance of the lift. The police and ambulance arrived very quickly and he was sent to hospital for treatment."
Both men had been seen in a verbal argument just two days ago, after the victim allegedly harassed Teo's wife.
Teo had apparently gone to the coffee shop to confront the victim and threatened to attack him with a knife, reported Zaobao.
Those at the scene had thought that Teo was joking and did not expect the assault two days later.
Teo has been remanded at the Complex Medical Centre in Changi Prison for medical assessment and will return to court on April 6.
If found guilty of voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, an offender can be jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or receive a combination of these punishments.