Man who walked around McDonald's outlet with knife, caused stepfather to suffer fracture jailed

Wan Ting Koh
Singapore’s State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

He walked around a McDonald’s outlet in Tampines with a knife after being told by a staff member not to smoke in the restaurant.

Zulkeflee Ab Razak also harassed his family and caused his 87-year-old stepfather to fracture his thigh bone. Both incidents happened while he was out on bail for a previous offence.

On Thursday (6 December), the 45-year-old Singaporean was jailed 14 months and six weeks for multiple offences, mostly related to him kicking various items in public places. He was also given six strokes of the cane.

Zulkeflee pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing an offensive weapon, causing mischief, committing a rash act to endanger the safety of others, and one of causing grievous hurt to his stepfather through a rash act. Three other counts, including one of kicking the prison door while in remand, were taken into consideration for his sentencing.

Zulkeflee was arrested on 11 December last year for possessing an offensive weapon and placed on bail.

On 22 March this year, he visited his family’s flat at Pasir Ris and asked his stepbrother for money. He became angry as he assumed that his stepbrother would not help him.

Zulkeflee pushed the down the bamboo poles outside the flat and threw two metal pole stands down six floors. The stands landed on a grass patch. He later went to the ground floor to pick up one of the stands and hit a red incense burner bin.

Nine days later, Zulkeflee returned to the house and shouted to be let in. Zulkeflee’s mother opened the door to speak to him from behind the grill gates. Her husband, Zulkeflee’s stepfather, joined her. The mother told Zulkeflee to leave.

While Zulkeflee was arguing with his mother, he pushed his mother through the grills and kicked the metal gate so that it swung open. The gate hit his stepfather, who fell backwards and hit his head against a cabinet.

The elderly man was conveyed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a right thigh fracture, and underwent surgery.

On 1 August, when a security guard tried to stop Zulkeflee from smoking in Our Tampines Hub, the latter tried to beat the security guard. Zulkeflee then kicked a signage, causing it to break. He also kicked a flower pot and a children’s train.

Later the same day, he went to a McDonald’s outlet at Tampines Central and smoked. When he was told by staff at the restaurant not to smoke, he kicked a cashier terminal and a sliding door panel before taking out a knife with an 8cm blade. He walked around the restaurant holding the knife.

He later admitted during police investigations that he had taken out the knife to instil fear in others as he felt threatened.

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