SINGAPORE — A man who fought with his co-worker over the use of a walkie talkie charger slashed at his colleague’s head with a metal ring, causing a laceration requiring several stitches.
Jegadhesan Ashok Kumar, a 41-year-old Indian national, was jailed for 10 weeks on Tuesday (4 January) after he pleaded guilty to one charge of voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon.
Jegadhesan and the victim were co-workers and compatriots who worked as welders with an engineering firm and resided at the same dormitory.
On the night of 15 November last year, the victim charged his walkie talkie before leaving his dormitory for grocery shopping. When he returned at about 11pm, he could not find his charger. After asking around, the victim found that Jegadhesan had taken it to charge his walkie talkie.
The two argued over the charger and got into a scuffle. In the midst of the fight, Jegadhesan picked up a metal ring with a diameter of about 20cm from a cooking stove on the ground to hit the victim on his head. The ring caused a 2cm to 3cm laceration on the victim’s head.
The victim was conveyed to a hospital where he received several stitches and was given four days of medical leave.
For voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon, Jegadhesan could have been jailed up to seven years, or fined, or caned, or any combination of the penalties.
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