SINGAPORE — After watching a video of her younger brother being assaulted, a Singaporean woman plotted her revenge against a pair of siblings seen in the video.
Under the pretext of celebrating Hari Raya, 37-year-old Norhayati Jaffar invited the siblings – 29-year-old Muhammad Faizal Omar and 27-year-old Nur Farahtika Omar – to her home, where she intended to assault them. She also planned to pour hot water on the pair and have the attack filmed.
Norhayati also roped in two others to carry out the attack: one of her other brothers, 35-year-old Muhammad Bakhtiyar Jaffar, and her friend, 28-year-old Nurhanifah Juma’at.
At the State Courts on Tuesday (13 October), Norhayati was jailed five years and four months on one count of voluntarily causing hurt to Faizal and three drug-related offences, which she committed while under investigation for the Hari Raya attack.
A charge of pouring hot water on Farathika and two other charges of failing to report for urine tests were taken into consideration for sentencing.
Nurhanifah was earlier jailed one year and three months' while Bakhtiyar received 10 weeks’ jail for their roles in the incident.
Caught on camera
While hosting Hari Raya celebrations on 7 July 2018, Norhayati viewed a video of her younger brother being beaten up by Faizal and his relatives. The video, widely shared on Facebook, also showed that Farahtika was present during the attack.
Angered by what she had seen, Norhayati decided to take revenge. She invited the siblings to her home and lied to them, saying that she had an urgent matter to discuss with them.
Later that day, she called Bakhtiyar and Nurhanifah over to her flat. Both had also seen the video and were angry at the siblings.
The three discussed how their assault would take place and Nurhanifah was instructed to boil water in a kettle before the siblings arrived. Norhayati then poured the water into a jug.
Shortly after midnight, the siblings arrived at Norhayati’s flat with two other women. As the group entered, Norhayati closed and locked the main gate. She and Bahtiyar then assaulted Faizal and Farahtika while Nurhanifah filmed the attack on a mobile phone.
Norhayati also poured the hot water on Faraktika’s neck, back and right ear, and struck her with the jug. After Farahtika fell to the ground, Norhayati hit her with a bamboo pole while Bakhtiyar pummelled Faizal, who lay curled up on the floor.
Farahtika managed to escape the flat, which spurred Norhayati to target Faizal. Despite Faizal pleading for mercy, Bakhtiyar bashed his head against the arm of a chair. At one point, Norhayati poured hot water on the left side of Faizal’s body, prompting him to leap up in pain and flee the the flat.
Norhayati and Bakhtiyar then chased after Faizal, with Nurhanifah following behind while filming the pursuit. The video of the attack was later posted online and was widely viewed.
Faizal was found to have sustained second-degree burns at multiple sites over 4.5 per cent of his body surface when he sought medical attention five days after the attack. Farahtika was found to have second-degree burn injuries over her neck, and bruises on her neck and right shoulder, as well as tenderness over the neck and right shoulder.
Norhayati, who had earlier been placed on a supervision order due to drug offences, was arrested on 4 April last year after being spotted behaving suspiciously in the Spooner Road area. A spot check found that she was wanted for failing to report for her regular urine test. An analysis of Norhayati’s urine sample showed she had consumed methamphetamine, which she admitted to doing a few days before her arrest.
She was arrested again on 12 March after her urine tested positive for the same drug – also known by its street name as “Ice”. Norhayati confessed that she had been given Ice by a friend who had passed by her unit while she was home. She said the then added the Ice to her orange juice and drank it.
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