A 52-year old man, Liow Chuan Tiong, was sentenced to a $5,000 fine for an offence involving the slapping of a 6-year old boy.
Here are some brief, available facts on the case:
- He pleaded guilty.
- He had slapped the boy in the face because he felt the boy’s mother had not disciplined him firmly enough after the boy had spat in a girl’s face at the playground. The boy had apologised to the girl in front of her mother.
- Liow walked up to the boy and slapped him once on the right cheek. This caused the boy to suffer mild swelling and redness on his cheek.
- The Prosecution asked the Court to impose a high fine because the victim was young and vulnerable.
- Liow was unrepresented and did not have a criminal defence lawyer appearing for him in Court.
- In mitigation, he asked the Court to impose a light sentence and informed the Court that he had learnt from his mistake.
- Liow was allowed to pay the fine in monthly instalments – $1,000 in Court and the balance in 8 monthly instalments of $500 each.
More information on the case may be found here.