Bouncer admits punching nightclub patron in drunken rage

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Liaw Jian Hong pleaded guilty to one charge of causing hurt. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

A 36-year-old bouncer who was drunk on the job thought a nightclub patron was having intimate relations with a woman he was interested in, a court heard.

Liaw Jian Hong, 36, punched the unsuspecting victim several times last year, causing him to bleed from the nose and a cut on the eyebrow.

At the State Courts on Tuesday (4 December), Liaw was convicted on one count of causing hurt, having pleaded guilty to the crime. He will be sentenced at a later date.

At about 3am on 4 November last year, Liaw, who was working at Club Aura at Orchard Hotel as a public relations manager, saw victim Low Yan Koon, 29, and Low’s friend Ling Wen Bin, 26. At the time, Liaw was in a drunken state.

Liaw thought he recognised Low as someone who had intimate relations with a woman he was interested in, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Koh.

Feeling angry, Liaw asked Low to follow him outside the club. Liaw asked Low if he knew ‘Dada’, the woman he liked. When Low said he did, Liaw punched his nose once, causing it to bleed.

Low did not retaliate and went back into the club to look for Ling to tell him that they should leave.

Outside the club, Liaw shouted at Low and punched his face thrice, causing him to bleed from a cut on the right eyebrow.

Other club bouncers intervened while Low and Ling left. Ling called the police to say that Low had been hit by a club bouncer.

Liaw is expected to be sentenced next Tuesday (11 December).

The maximum penalty for causing hurt is up to two years’ jail, along with a fine of up to $5,000.

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