A MAN went to the aid of his estranged wife when he saw her boyfriend punching her.
In the ensuing scuffle, Koh Chong Huat slashed the boyfriend’s arm with a penknife.
On Wednesday, District Judge Salina Ishak jailed Koh for six months.
In sentencing, the judge said the defendant could have been caned for the offence but considering the unique circumstances, she did not order it.
The court heard that Koh and his wife, who have no children, were on friendly terms although they were in the process of getting the divorce at the time. Their divorce was finalised recently.
They would occasionally go out together, the court heard.
On the afternoon of July 8, 2001, they were shopping when Ang Bee Hua, got a call from her boyfriend.
Koh, a cleaning contractor, took his wife to Admiralty MRT station and waited in his car while she went to meet Low Bak Ann, who was in a van.
Minutes later, when Low assaulted Ang during an argument, Koh went the van,
opened the door, punched Low and slashed him.
Koh’s lawyer, Mervyn Tan, said Ang had previously made a police report against Low for trying to strangle her.
The police are now investigating the assault of Ang by Low.– The Straits Times/Asia News Network