Dog boarder who slashed colleague's wrist to the bone sentenced to jail, caning

Wan Ting Koh
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The Animal Lodge at 59 Sungei Tengah Road. (PHOTO: Google Street View)
The Animal Lodge at 59 Sungei Tengah Road. (PHOTO: Google Street View)

SINGAPORE — Two dog boarders got into a dispute which ended with one slashing the other on his wrist and exposing the bone.

Kyaw Ye Aung, 27, told the court that the victim, also 27, had been giving him trouble ever since a customer started being charitable towards him.

The Myanmar national was jailed for 13 months and two weeks on Tuesday (10 November) after he pleaded guilty to one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to his compatriot on 18 August this year at The Animal Lodge, a facility with pet boarding houses at 59 Sungei Tengah Road. He was also sentenced to three strokes of the cane.

The victim was supposed to take over duty as a dog boarder from Kyaw Ye Aung, who was finishing his shift.

When Kyaw Ye Aung failed to answer some of the victim’s questions, the two got into an argument. In the midst of the quarrel, Kyaw Ye Aung grabbed a chopper with a 16cm-blade and slashed the victim’s left arm, opening his wrist to the bone.

The victim was conveyed to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a left mid-forearm laceration with an open fracture at his wrist. He underwent surgery the same day and was discharged a day later.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ronald Ang sought 15 months’ jail and three strokes of cane, factoring in how the victim had pushed Kyaw Ye Aung before the slashing incident.

Speaking through an interpreter, Kyaw Ye Aung told the court of the circumstances behind the dispute, which happened after a customer began showing him favour.

An owner of a dog which was boarded at the facility saw Kyaw Ye Aung eating noodles and eggs one day and took pity on him after enquiring about his situation. Kyaw Ye Aung said that he lived on $100 a month, as he remitted $700 of his $800 monthly salary to his aged parents.

The customer began supplying Kyaw Ye Aung with clothes and food from that day.

“The victim is my colleague, I have no intention of quarrelling with him. But from the day I got this treatment (from the customer) he started to cause a lot of problems for me,” said Kyaw Ye Aung, who sought a lenient sentence during mitigation.

For causing grievous hurt, Kyaw Ye Aung could have been jailed for life, or for up to 15 years, with caning, and a fine.

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