Man assaulted stranger with penknife in Beach Road, leaving him with chest and abdomen injuries

A 50-year-old man was charged in court on Monday (Sept 19) for allegedly assaulting a stranger with a penknife.

The police said they were conducting foot patrol along Beach Road on Sunday, at around 4.10am, when they noticed a commotion at a taxi stand outside Golden Mile Complex.

"Officers found a 31-year-old man with lacerations on his chest and abdomen, who alleged he had been assaulted by another man with a sharp object," police added.

The victim was conscious when taken to hospital.

Based on the description provided by the victim and a witness, officers spotted the suspect in the vicinity of the taxi stand and arrested him.

A pen knife was seized as case exhibit.

Preliminary investigations revealed that both men were unknown to each other.

On Monday, Chia Chiew Boon was charged with one count of using a weapon to voluntarily cause grievous hurt to Mr Noel Yeo.

Chia will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric observation and his case has been adjourned to Oct 3, reported The Straits Times.

For voluntarily causing grievous hurt with a weapon, an offender can be jailed for life or up to 15 years with a fine and caning.

Chia cannot be caned due to his age.