A man who threw his own faeces at his ex-girlfriend at her workplace last September was jailed 26 months at the State Courts on Monday (14 May).
The man, who cannot be named due to a court-imposed gag order, pleaded guilty to six charges for offences including stalking his former girlfriend, voluntarily causing hurt to her, using criminal force to dishonour her as well as an unrelated incident of stealing from the donation box of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Twelve other charges related to the harassment of his ex-girlfriend were taken into consideration for the man’s sentencing.
Court documents stated that the 48-year-old married man had been having an affair with the victim when she broke off their relationship sometime in September last year.
Upset at her decision, he began stalking her from September to December last year in spite of the victim having taken out an Expedited Protection Order (EPO) against him. He also planned to exact his revenge on the woman.
On 26 September last year, the man defecated into a plastic bag while at home. He had been suffering a bout of diarrhoea at the time.
He tied up the plastic bag and kept it at his home overnight before heading to his ex-girlfriend’s workplace, a food and beverage outlet in Orchard Road, the next afternoon.
Upon reaching the eatery, the man untied the plastic bag and threw it at his ex-girlfriend while her back was turned. The bag’s “extremely foul smelling” contents splattered on the victim’s left arm and splashed her co-worker’s back and face.
Faecal matter was also splattered onto the eatery’s countertop, with some also landing in the food outlet adjacent to the victim’s workplace. Total business losses incurred amounted to over $5,000.
The man fled to Malaysia on the same day and was arrested upon re-entering Singapore on 26 October. He was first charged on 11 December and was released on court bail.
Other incidents of harassment, abuse
The former lovers had worked together as kitchen helpers at a chicken rice stall. While having an argument in mid-August last year, he raised a chopper at his then girlfriend. She quit her job soon after and moved out of the man’s house, breaking up with him by phone sometime in September.
The man refused to accept her decision, deciding instead to stalk her at her home and workplace. The victim successfully applied for an EPO on 21 September.
At around 10.40am on 11 November, the man confronted the victim at a bus stop. When she refused to speak to him, he punched and bit her face, scratched her neck and pushed her into a nearby drain.
On 9 December, he also printed out nude photos of the victim and pasted them on the inside of the lift of the block where she lived. He had taken the pictures while she was asleep, during the time they lived together.
A few days later he sent the victim a video of her leaving the house with her mother.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Li Yihong described the man as having been “persistent in his acts of harassment”. His choice of using faeces was “calculated to demean” the victim and there was a “great risk of transmitting disease”, added Li, who urged the court to impose a jail term of 26 months.
The man, who was unrepresented, asked for leniency citing his sick wife, who was also in court. He said she had schizophrenia and needed someone to take care of her.
For stalking the victim he could have been jailed up to 12 months, fined up to $5,000, or both. For using criminal force to dishonour her, he could have been jailed up to two years, fined or both.
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