A couple who made headlines for their aggressive behaviour towards an elderly man in a Toa Payoh hawker centre were fined in the State Courts on Friday (11 August).
Chow Chuin Yee, 45, a Malaysian, was fined $1,500 after he pleaded guilty to one count of using criminal force against the victim while one count of disorderly behaviour in a public place was taken into consideration. His girlfriend, Tay Puay Leng, 38, was fined $1,200 after she pleaded guilty to one count of using abusive words on the victim.
The couple, who were charged in June, were both represented by lawyer S Balamurugan.
A video of the incident, which took place on 21 April this year at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre, went viral that month. In the video, Chow was seen shoving 76 year-old Ivor Ng Ai Hua in the back while Tay used abusive language on him.
Following the incident, a woman claiming to be Ng’s daughter said in a Facebook post that she was outraged and disgusted by the couple’s behaviour towards her father, whom she said never mentioned a word of the incident.
The video sparked an online manhunt for the couple’s identities, resulting in a woman being wrongly identified as one of the culprits. Several police reports were made and the couple were arrested on 25 April following investigations.