Golden Mile attack allegedly due to staring incident: Why are such immature acts still happening?

The assault of a man by 22-year-old Wee Boon How at Golden Mile Complex on Oct 11 at around 3am may have been triggered by a staring incident.

The Straits Times understands that Wee, who has since been arrested and charged, was having supper at the building with a friend before he got involved in a stare-down outside a toilet on the first floor.

The incident then escalated into a fight. A video sent to us by multiple Stompers show Wee repeatedly kicking and stomping on 25-year-old Bong Heng Yun's face.

Both the attacker and victim were believed to be drunk when the altercation took place.

The vicious attack left Bong with severe fractures to his face and he might require facial reconstruction procedures.

Wee was subsequently arrested on Oct 14 and brought back to the scene of the incident yesterday (Oct 15) as part of police investigations.

He was charged in court today for causing grievous hurt and plans to plead guilty.

The shocking incident shows that staring incidents still occur today, and its consequences can be dire as shown by the injuries sustained by the victim.

As such, we have to ask ourselves why such immature and potentially dangerous acts still take place in a society that is well-known for safety and security.

Perhaps more importantly, we need to think of ways to prevent staring incidents like the one at Golden Mile Complex from happening in order to effectively stamp out the social ill once and for all.

What are your thoughts about why staring incidents are still happening in Singapore? Share them with us in the comments below. If you have suggestions on how to nip the problem in the bud, we'd be happy to hear them too.