"Lucky he didn't hurt my remaining eye": 81-year-old one-eyed victim of robbery in Toa Payoh

A 82-year-old man was shoved in the back and robbed of S$90 on Monday (July 3) at around 1.20pm.

The incident happened at the foot of Block 47, Toa Payoh Lorong 5, when the victim was on his way back home after lunch, reports Lianhe Wanbao via Lianhe Zaobao

The victim, who is is blind in his right eye due to cataracts, sustained head injuries after he was shoved.

He said:

“The man approached me from the back and shouted, ‘robbery!’ before snatching S$90 from my back pocket.”

After taking the money, the man shoved the victim from the back, and he fell, with his head striking the pavement.

The man escaped, without the victim seeing his face at all.

The elderly victim lamented:

“He could have just taken my money.

“Why did he have to push me?

“Luckily he didn’t hurt my remaining eye, or I’ll be totally blind. “

A 56-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in the case, said the police in a statement.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years, and shall also be punished with caning of not less than 12 strokes.