Twin sisters who assaulted security officers, spat and poured drink on one, get fined

A pair of 50-year-old twin sisters, Chinese nationals Tang Bei and Tang Lei, were fined on Tuesday (Aug 28), for assaulting staff of Simei Green condominium in 2015.

The incident occurred at 11.40am on Apr 28, 2016, after Tang Bei was caught tailing other residents out of a side gate of the Simet Street 4 property earlier that year, reports The Straits Times.

The Singapore permanent resident was a tenant at the condominium but did not have a resident's pass. Court documents did not state whether Tang Lei was a resident of the estate.

District Judge Sarah Tan, who convicted the sisters last month after a 20-day trial, fined Tang Bei $2,100 and Tang Lei, $2,500.

Tang Bei faced three charges - causing hurt to security officer Charles Kenneth Bligh, as well as one count each of assaulting and using criminal force on condominium manager Colvin Quek Choon Kiat. Her sister was convicted of four charges: causing hurt to Mr Bligh, as well as two counts of using criminal force and an assault charge involving Mr Quek.

In her submissions, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Wen Hsien said Mr Quek met Tang Bei in Feb 2015 after discovering that she was tailing residents who were leaving the estate. 

When he asked her if she was a resident, she said it was "none of his business" and that she had "no time for him" before exiting the estate.

The court heard she went to the management office alone on Feb 25, 2015. Mr Quek told her documents such as an identity card and a stamped tenancy agreement are required to process her application for a condominium access card.

Although she handed him $100 to pay for it, she did not provide the necessary documents. She then turned aggressive and left after taking back her money when Mr Quek reiterated his request for the documents.

She came back again with Tang Lei on Apr 28 that year but declined to be served by Mr Quek, claiming that he had "dirty hands".

After Tang Bei scolded Mr Quek, the two sisters started punching him. They spat at his face and Tang Lei also poured the contents of her canned drink on him. The women also assaulted Mr Bligh when he entered the office. 

The sisters were represented by lawyers Richard Siaw and Jasmine Teo. In her defence, Tang Bei claimed she had acted in self defence. DPP Tan said the claim was "incredible" and "flies in the face of the objective evidence".

The DPP stressed that the video footage shows the sisters attacking Mr Quek in "an unrelenting and vicious manner".

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