Teen duo who assaulted chef outside The Cathay given reformative training, probation

Nigel Chin
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Two teenagers who assaulted a chef for “hurting” a female friend of theirs were sentenced to reformative training and probation at the State Courts on Thursday (19 October).

Muhammad Danial Lufti Abdul Karim and Ahmad Zikri Muhammad Zain, both 19, pleaded guilty to one charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt each. Ahmad was ordered to undergo reformative training, while Danial was given a 24-month probation. Both were unrepresented in court.

On 18 February, Ahmad Zikiri had gathered Danial and another friend, Adam Mohammad Sesth, at The Cathay after informing them that his female friend had been “hurt” by a male chef – 35-year-old Ahmad Saiful Mohd Ramdan – who worked at the Eighteen Chefs restaurant outlet there. It is unclear if the “hurt” caused to the female friend entailed physical injury or otherwise.

When the trio spotted Ahmad Saiful walking out of The Cathay later that day, Ahmad Zikri and Danial decided to tail the him.  Around 11.05pm, the pair approached Ahmad Saiful outside the mall. Ahmad Zikri then asked why Ahmad Saiful had stared at him, before proceeding to punch and kick Ahmad Saiful on the face and body multiple times.

Danial had also joined in the attack, which continued even after Ahmad Saiful had fallen to the ground. Both the attackers then ran away. The assault was witnessed by four members of the public, who called the police. Two of them gave chase to the attackers and managed to detain Danial with the help of another member of the public.

Danial was arrested after police arrived while Zikri was nabbed the next day, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Soh. Ahmad Saiful was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital via ambulance. A medical report said that he suffered eight injuries, including a fracture around the area of his eye.

In his own defence, Danial said that he did not know what would happen when Zikri had called him down to The Cathay that day. However, District Judge Eddy Tham Tong Kong dismissed Danial’s suggested, pointing to the severity of the injuries that Saiful had suffered.

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