Man jailed by police after challenging them to fight in cafe


SINGAPORE: A man who appeared in a viral video challenging police to fight before being tased was sentenced to seven months in prison on Friday, January 14.

Wong Yew Tien, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of willful injury and the use of criminal force to deter officials from performing their duties.

A third charge of public nuisance was considered in the sentencing.

The court heard that Wong was found lying on the floor at Cafe LEFA at Block 802 French Road at around 1:35 p.m. on July 16 of last year.

An ambulance was called and paramedics arrived at the cafe shortly after, attaching EKG probes to Wong’s chest.

But he suddenly turned violent and started screaming and throwing chairs, court documents said.

Paramedics were unable to control the situation and called the police, who were told the man was “high on drugs” and had taken off his pants earlier.

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During this time, Wong started to challenge the people in the coffee shop to fight, and three people tried to subdue him.

When the police arrived, Wong was released by the three witnesses. He got to his feet and again challenged one of them, the cafe supervisor, to a fight.

In the ensuing scuffle, Wong knocked over a table and began to challenge a 25-year-old policeman from the Ground Response Force. He then charged him before challenging his colleague to fight as well.

Wong was repeatedly warned to calm down, but instead tasked a policewoman, who blocked her attack and withdrew.

Wong then “cut” the male officer several times, leaving him with a bruise on his forearm. Wong was finally tased and overpowered.

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The male officer was given a day of medical leave and pain medication.

The prosecutor on Friday requested a sentence of seven to nine months in prison for Wong, claiming that the offense was committed in public and that Wong had persistently attacked one of the officers despite repeated warnings.

Wong also has many previous convictions, dating back to 1994 for theft. In 2000, he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and eight strokes with the cane for crimes including culpable homicide not amounting to common intent murder.

He was sentenced to three months in prison in 2014 for the same type of offense for which he was charged on Friday – willfully causing injury to dissuade an official from taking office.

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Wong was also ordered to go to a drug addiction rehab center for supervision and is currently under the regime of a drug rehab center.

As a mitigation, Wong said, “I have remorse for what I did. I have no intention of doing this. I was under the influence of drugs. I hope you can give me a lighter sentence. “

“It is clear that he did not act very rationally that day,” said the prosecutor.

The judge said he appreciated the fact that Wong was under the influence of drugs, which was probably why he acted the way he did, but it was his own willful act of taking drugs. Drugs.

He noted that the offenses were committed in public view, with visible interference in police authority.

He also took into account Wong’s previous convictions.



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