SINGAPORE: A 52-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly slapped another man at an open space parking area near NEX shopping mall in Serangoon.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the incident took place last Saturday (Jun 6) at about 5pm and they were alerted to the case the following day.
The suspect allegedly slapped the other man "several times on his face", the police said in a news release on Thursday.
Officers from Jurong Police Division established the identity of the suspect and arrested him on Wednesday for public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt. Investigations are ongoing, the police added.
If convicted of voluntary causing hurt, the suspect faces up to three years’ jail, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.
If convicted of public nuisance, he faces a fine of up to S$2,000. If the act is deemed to be able to cause injury, danger or annoyance to the public, or to the people living in the vicinity, the offence will carry a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to S$2,000, or both.
“The police takes a serious view of such egregious behaviour, and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law,” SPF said.
Editor's note: This story and its headline have been edited following the issuance of a corrected statement from the police. References to the reasons why the 52-year-old man slapped the other man have been removed.