Man in spitting spat at Woodlands Interchange convicted of 5 charges

SINGAPORE — The man known as the “Woodlands Spitter” was found guilty on five charges today (March 19), including spitting at two women at the Woodlands Bus Interchange in October last year.

One other charge of disorderly behaviour last September at a void deck at Bukit Batok Street 21 was stood down.

The spitting incident at the Woodlands Bus Interchange was caught on a video and later went viral.

Juraimi Kamaludin, 48, was convicted of spitting six times in the face of 34-year-old Lee Kuan Eng on October 22 last year at about 9.30pm. He also spat at 41-year-old Teoh Lay Peng and pushed her out of a bus.

The odd-job worker was also convicted of being a public nuisance with his aggressive behaviour that night.

District Judge Lim Keng Yeow said this case was an initial misunderstanding and Juraimi’s conduct was “far disproportionate” to it.

A key argument made by Juraimi was that the women had insulted him but the judge concluded there was no such incident. Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, the judge said Juraimi had overreacted.

For pushing Ms Teoh out of the bus, Juraimi could be jailed a maximum of six months and fined up to S$2,500.

For using criminal force by spitting, he is looking at a maximum jail term of three months and a S$1,500 fine on each count.

The maximum penalty for being a public nuisance by behaving aggressively is a fine of up to S$1,000.

Juraimi will be sentenced on March 21.

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