89-year-old man slashes and splashes boiling water at roommate -- for switching off lights while he was making milo

A 89-year-old man, unhappy that a nursing home acquaintance had switched off the lights while he was making milo, sneaked into his bedroom, scalded him with hot water and slashed him twice with a knife.

The incident happened on Nov 23, 2016, in Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home, a nursing home, at Tampines Avenue 4.

The 89-year-old victim suffered a second degree burn on 26percent of his body as well as various lacerations on his legs. 

The accused has since been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the culprit had been living in said home since Jul 2011, while the victim moved in on Apr 2016.

The two reportedly shared a room when the incident happened. 

On Thursday (May 4), the culprit pleaded guilty to the charges of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons, and was sentenced to a 18-month jail term. 

Investigations revealed that the accused was making milo at around 9.30pm on the night of the assault, when the victim suddenly turned off the lights. 

The accused became enraged and around 11.30pm, he sneaked into the victim’s room with a pot of boiling water and poured the water on him. 

After that, he seized a 14.5cm fruit knife which belonged to the victim and stabbed his chest and left hand.

He then grabbed another 16cm chopper and slashed the victim’s feet.

After the assault, the accused left the room and tossed both the knives into a laundry basket, and turned himself in to an employee of the home. 

At the same time, the victim, bearing the injuries inflicted, managed to limp his way to a employee’s room to seek help. 

He recounted the sequence of events to the employee, who, upon seeing the trail of blood left by the victim, called for an ambulance. 

The victim was conveyed to the A&E department in a hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries. 

His conditions stabilised and was discharged back to the same nursing home in Feb 2017.