Couple who shoved elderly man in Toa Payoh hawker centre fined

Nicholas Yong
Chow Chuin Yee, 45 (right), pleaded guilty to one count of using criminal force against an elderly man in Toa Payoh hawker centre while his girlfriend, Tay Puay Leng, 38 (left), admitted to one count of using abusive words on the victim. They were fined in court on 11 August 2017. Photos: Hannah Teoh/Yahoo News Singapore.

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.