Dear A.S.S. Editor

A drug offender, who is already currently undergoing a jail term of 8 years behind bars, will have to spend an additional 4½ years behind bars and receive seven more strokes of the cane after he assaulted a fellow inmate viciously in an unprovoked attack, punching him and stomping on his head, and causing the latter to lose his right eye.

Muhammad Noh Faizal Sa’at, 27, is currently serving his jail sentence since 2012 for drug-related offences. He pleaded guilty on Thursday to causing grievous hurt to Osman Kassim, 51. He will serve his sentence for the assault after completing his earlier jail term. Noh was walking down a staircase at Changi Prison Complex Cluster A at around 1.20pm on June 21 last year (2016) when he spotted Osman. The older man had been assigned as a housing unit orderly and was issuing laundry to the inmates’ cells, the court heard. Noh approached Osman from behind and tapped him on the shoulder.

It was reported that when Osman turned towards the Noh, the accused immediately used his right hand to punch the victim’s right eye with great force. He then punched Osman’s head with his left hand. The victim fell to the ground and sat in a crouched position, trying to use his forearms to shield himself. Noh continued to punch and kick him until he fell in a foetal position on the floor. Noh then stomped heavily on Osman’s head twice and the man lost consciousness.

Prison officers rushed over and ordered Noh to stop. In all, Noh landed at least 19 blows in all. An ambulance took Osman to Changi General Hospital where he was found to be bleeding from his right eye. A CT scan revealed that the eye had ruptured. Osman had to have the damaged eye removed.

Fadli Kamis

A.S.S. Contrinbutor

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