SINGAPORE — She was a KTV lounge waitress who was about to leave her workplace in Orchard Towers when she sparked a fight with a colleague.
During the fracas, Joanne Teo Qian Ting pushed her colleague, also a waitress at the lounge, to the floor before she pulled her hair and bit her ring finger.
On Friday (23 August), Teo, a 43-year-old Singaporean, was fined $4,500 for the scuffle that took place at Supreme Orchard KTV in the wee hours of 14 October last year.
Teo pleaded guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt to Tiv Chan Thou. Teo and Tiv were not on good terms, according to court documents.
On 14 October last year, at about 2.57am, both women were in the locker room of the lounge. Teo collected her belongings and was about to leave when she passed by Tiv. Teo’s arms were folded when she bumped into Tiv.
Teo then challenged Tiv to a fight, but the victim refused. Tiv tried to avoid Teo by retreating further into the locker room.
After following the victim, Teo pushed Tiv to the floor and kicked her repeatedly. Tiv managed to avoid some of the kicks.
Teo then grabbed the victim by the hair and dragged her to the ground. She slammed Tiv’s head against the floor and the lockers before biting her right ring finger.
The assault, which lasted close to two minutes, was captured on CCTV footage. Teo later brought Tiv out of the locker room while holding her by the hair. The staff at Supreme Orchard KTV eventually separated the pair. The police and ambulances were dispatched to the KTV.
Tiv, who was admitted to hospital for two days, suffered from a laceration over the right ring finger and had a wound stitched up after surgery. She was given nine days’ medical leave due to her injuries.
For causing hurt, Teo could have been jailed up to two years or fined up to $5,000 or both.
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