Arrested: Automobile repair shop boss who threatened customer with hammer during dispute

Screengrabs from video

After an altercation broke out in an automobile repair shop, a 60-year-old man was arrested for allegedly wielding his hammer in the fight. The incident occurred on Sept 27 at a car garage along 1 Kaki Bukit Avenue 6, and according to Stomp, the police were alerted to the fight at 3:49pm that day.

For voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and criminal intimidation, the elderly boss of the car garage was handcuffed by the police.

A video of the scuffle went up on Facebook last Thursday, showing the two men involved in a heated dispute.

The man in blue threatening the other individual with a hammer is believed to be the boss of the repair shop. However, even though both parties were aggressive in their behavior toward one another, the clip didn’t clearly show the boss hitting the other man with the hammer. Others at the shop attempted to intervene and stop the skirmish, but to no avail.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the bespectacled man clad in jeans is a 43-year-old customer who claimed the boss had hit him on the back of his head with the wooden end of the hammer. He later called the police and went to Sengkang Community Hospital, where he was hospitalized and put under observation for a day.

Meanwhile, the garage boss explained he had no intention of injuring the customer. He, too, visited a doctor after he was pushed around roughly by the other party.

Both men were reportedly fighting over the customer’s recommendation of a potential client that didn’t quite pan out, because they could not agree on the commission. Apparently, the customer had sent his car to the repair shop after he was involved in an accident, and the boss seized his vehicle and wouldn’t let him leave until he returned his S$8,000 commission.

The customer alleged the boss was upset with him for failing to bring in business to the garage after the client backed out.

Investigations are currently ongoing.

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