Man fined $3,000 for drunken threat to kill cop and trying to remove his mask
Intoxicated after a drinking session, a man assaulted his friend after a dispute in an Orchard restaurant, prompting other patrons to intervene and the police were alerted.
When police officers later approached the pair outside the restaurant and attempted to interview them, Sim Hui Chun insulted an officer, Sergeant Yan Lufeng, and threatened to kill him. He also tried to remove Sgt Yan's mask.
On Wednesday, Sim, 34, was fined $3,000. If the fine is not paid, he will have to serve nine days in jail in default.
The Singaporean had pleaded guilty to a charge under the Protection from Harassment Act by using insulting and threatening words against a public servant and another charge of causing annoyance while drunk.
Three other charges were taken into consideration for sentencing.
The incident started at around 9.15pm on July 1, 2021, in Shinjuku Restaurant at Cuppage Plaza.
After uttering insulting words at Sgt Yan, Sim threatened him in a mix of Mandarin and English: "Sir, you give me your address, if I can kill you I'll definitely kill you."
He then tried to remove Sgt Yan's mask with both hands before he was arrested.
Sim's actions were captured by Sgt Yan's body-worn camera.
In his mitigation, defence counsel Si Hoe Tat Chorng said the violence Sim committed against his friend was precipitated by teasing that Sim had repeatedly lost his job.
He added that his client had been receiving psychiatric care relating to the loss of his job. Court documents did not state Sim's occupation at the time.
"When (Sim) found himself triggered by his loss of employment, he would drink. His actions were nor premeditated... There was no striking of the police officer," said Mr Si Hoe.
Those convicted of harassing a public servant can be jailed for up to a year, fined up to $5,000, or both.
Those causing annoyance while drunk can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $1,000, or both. The finc can be doubled for repeat offenders.