Couple who abused elderly man at Toa Payoh hawker centre fined $2,700

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The couple involved in the case of abusing an elderly man at a Toa Payoh hawker centre have been fined $2,700 on Friday (Aug 11) for their actions. To recap, the man and woman bullied a 76-year-old man at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Hawker Centre in April, and their behavior was captured on video for all the world to see.

After an online witch hunt that went wrong, they were arrested for causing public nuisance and charged in court.

Chow Chuin Yee, 45, was fined $1,500 for one count of causing public nuisance and one count of using criminal force on Ng Ai Hua. As for 38-year-old Tay Puay Leng, she was fined $1,200 for one count of harassment, TODAY reported.

The court heard that the dispute came about when Tay refused to share the five-seater table with Ng, who had approached with his dinner. Tay hurled vulgarities at the man and called Chow over for help. When he arrived, he shoved Ng’s back, causing Ng to clutch the table to break his fall.

Ng subsequently went over to another table, but someone who had witnessed the situation told Chow he was wrong to have pushed Ng. In his anger, Chow struck several bowls and plates off the table.

Of course, in this day and age, the altercation was caught on video and went viral on Facebook.

Chow could have been sentenced to a maximum of three months in jail and/or fined up to $1,500 for using criminal force on Ng. He could also have been slapped with a jail sentence of up to five months and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing a ruckus.

As for Tay, she could have been jailed up to six months, or fined up to $5,000, or both, for harassing Ng with abusive language.

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