Man who slapped Amos Yee jailed three weeks

Amos Yee eats a banana as he arrives with his father to the State Courts for a pre-trial conference in Singapore in this file picture taken April 17, 2015. The Singapore teenager pleaded not guilty on May 7, 2015 to charges of spreading obscene images and offending a religious group, but was not required to enter a plea on a harassment charge for comments he made about late former premier Lee Kuan Yew. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

A man has been sentenced to three weeks’ jail for slapping Singaporean teen Amos Yee outside the State Courts.

Neo Gim Huah, 49, pleaded guilty for the incident which was caught on video outside the State Courts on 30 April.  He was arrested the next day.

Neo, who is self-employed, told the courts he took offence at parts of the video posted by the 16-year-old blogger, who is charged with making offensive remarks against Christianity and for circulating an obscene image. He said he found some of Yee’s comments about Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew disrespectful.

Neo said he knew it was wrong to hit Yee but said he could not control himself. He also said slapping Yee would instill fear in him and teach him a lesson.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Winston Man had argued for a two-week jail sentence, saying Neo’s actions were pre-meditated and had strong elements of vigilantism.

Neo could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.