19-year-old NSF gets 2 years' probation for punching mother with knuckle-duster

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A full-time national serviceman who punched his mother using a knuckle-duster was sentenced to a two-year probation on Friday (20 October).

Rajen Zulueta Rajenthiran pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of being armed with an offensive instrument, reported The Straits Times. He will also be required to perform 140 hours of community service and his parents bonded $5,000 to ensure his good behaviour.

The court heard that on 27 June at around midnight, he had returned home to his flat in Yishun with his girlfriend after booking out. His mother was unhappy that his girlfriend came home with him at such an hour.

Rajen and his 48-year-old mother got into an argument in his bedroom, and Rajen punched her when she did not want to leave his room. He then took a knuckle-duster and told her he would use it to punch her. He punched her twice on the arm using the weapon.

His mother sustained a bruise on her upper left arm and made a police report later that night. Rajen said he found the knuckle-duster on a grass patch. His lawyer Peter Fernando said Rajen was remorseful and asked to be given a chance.

For being armed with an offensive instrument, he could have been jailed for up to two years. For assault, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

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