Man jailed after splashing hot water on wife's alleged lover

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
(Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — Suspecting his wife of having an affair, a man confronted the third party in his own living room and splashed him with hot water.

As a result, the victim, 22-year-old Kan Chee Wai, sustained superficial burn wounds to 7.5 per cent of his body and an injury to his eye.

Han Bo, a 44-year-old Chinese national, was jailed for nine months on Thursday (21 November) for causing grievous hurt to Kan, a Malaysian working as a delivery driver. A charge of threatening Kan by pointing a chopper at him to cause alarm was considered for sentencing.

Found wife with victim in his master bedroom

Han, a self-employed fruit distributor, found his 41-year-old wife in the company of Kan in the master bedroom of his flat at midnight on 5 March last year. He accused them of having an affair, and the trio went to the living room to talk.

Han’s temper rose during the discussion, and he went to the kitchen to retrieve two knives – a kitchen knife with a 17cm blade and a chopper with an 18cm blade. He kept the kitchen knife in his back pocket while pointing the chopper at Kan, threatened to cause him hurt.

During the confrontation, Han shouted in Mandarin that he could not let Kan go, and that he wanted the younger man to die. He then placed both knives down and splashed a kettle of hot water on Kan’s face, neck and left arm. The hot water entered Kan’s left eye.

Thermal injury, inflammation on left eye

Kan was sent to the Accident and Emergency department at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and was later transferred to Singapore General Hospital. According to the prosecution, he was assessed to have “superficial partial thickness burn wounds involving 7.5 per cent of his total body surface area”.

He was hospitalised for four days and given 45 days of medical leave. He was also seen at the Singapore National Eye Centre and noted to have a mild thermal injury and inflammation on his left eye. However, his sight was not permanently affected by the incident.

Kan’s medical bills amounted to some $9,438.86, and he lost an income of $3,000 while on medical leave.

For causing grievous hurt, Han could have been jailed up to 10 years, and may also be fined or caned.


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