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A 60-year-old man required stitches after he was beaten up by a father and his teenage son when he asked the teenager who was riding an e-scooter to slow down.
The incident happened along Brickland Road in Choa Chu Kang at about 6.47pm on Tuesday (June 5), reports Shin Min Daily News.
In a Facebook post uploaded by the victim’s daughter-in-law, Jermaine Ang on Tuesday night, she alleged that the teenager had almost hit her father-in-law, Mr Leong, while he was riding his e-scooter “dangerously”.
Ms Ang said that Mr Leong then tapped on the teenager’s shoulder and told him not to ride so fast.
The teenager reportedly hurled vulgarities at Mr Leong.
He then allegedly called his father who arrived in a white mini bus.
Ms Ang said that the teenager's father reached the scene, he immediately punched Mr Leong, accusing him of having hit his son.
Mr Leong apparently blanked out as the two continued to rain blows on him.
Said Ms Ang:
“After seconds, both of them punched and kicked him on the floor as if he was a punching bag.”
They allegedly stopped and fled only after a passer-by tried to stop them.
Ms Ang also appealed for netizens to share her post to identify the father and son.
Her post has since been taken down.
A Facebook user later shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation believed to involve the teenager.
In the screenshot, the teenager claimed that Mr Leong had shouted at his father repeatedly.
The teenager said that he was angered by Mr Leong’s apparently being disrespectful towards his father, and “accidentally swung his right hand towards Mr Leong’s face but ended up hitting his left ear”.
The teenager said that passers-by arrived at the scene and his father explained the situation to them.
He claimed that his father asked him to walk off in order to avoid creating more commotion as Mr Leng was “not injured”.
The teenager then rode off on his e-scooter while his father took the public transport.
Shin Min Daily News subsequently contacted Mr Leong who revealed that he suffered a deep cut on his left ear from the assault and required stitches.
He said that his wounds were so painful he could not sleep at night and had to fork out $2,000 for medical bills.
Mr Leong said that he met up with the teenager and his father at a police post after the incident and both parties have resolved their differences, with the teenager apologising.
Mr Leong also said that he has decided not to pursue the matter further.
Said Mr Leong:
"We don't want to see anyone go to jail either, and it's just a boy."
Mr Leong said that the teenager's father had hugged him and apologised for their actions, and his wife also interceded.
"I don't wish to leave them with no way out. I hope that they will learn their lessons and not act rashly in the future.
"Let this entire incident die down."
Shin Min Daily News spoke to a lawyer, Mr Lan Guo Qing, on the matter, who said that the incident is classified as a case of voluntarily causing hurt, a non-arrestable offence.
The police reserve the right to take legal actions but both parties can settle the issue privately should they find a peaceful resolution.
Mr Lan added that in the event that such cases cause mass panic, injury to vulnerable parties or public servants, the police can still arrest the suspects and charge them.
In the event that no arrests are made, and the victim wishes to pursue the matter, he can lodge a Magistrate’s Complaint.