Couple who intimidated old man in Toa Payoh hawker centre could face jail time

The woman has been charged with using abusive words with the intent to cause alarm and the man with using criminal force.

By Belmont Lay | August 11, 2017

Update, Aug. 11, 2017, 3.52pm:

Tutor Tay Puay Leng, also known as Zheng Peiling, 38, was fined S$1,200 for using abusive words with the intent to cause alarm.

Tay’s partner, tuition centre director Chow Chuin Yee, 45, was fined S$1,500 for using criminal force on an elderly man by using his body to forcefully barge into him in the back.

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The couple involved in a fracas in Toa Payoh hawker centre where they were caught on video intimidating an elderly man could face jail time.

Tutor Tay Puay Leng, who is also known as Zheng Peiling, 38, and her partner, tuition centre director Chow Chuin Yee, 45, are back in court on Friday, Aug. 11.

They are expected to give their pleas to the charges against them.

About the incident

The alleged offence took place at about 8.35pm at the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 hawker centre on April 21.

The woman was seen confronting and exchanging words with an elderly man. Her partner then used his body to barge into the elderly man from behind, almost knocking him over.

A video of the incident sparked widespread public outrage after it was shared online. Police arrested the couple on April 25.

Possible jail term and/ or fine

Tay was charged on June 15 with using abusive words with the intent to cause alarm.

Her partner Chow, was charged with using criminal force on the elderly man by using his body to forcefully barge into his back.

About five minutes after the altercation, Chow allegedly behaved in a disorderly manner by shoving some bowls and plates off the table onto the ground.

The couple are represented by a lawyer.

The victim is a 76-year-old man.

If convicted of causing alarm, Tay can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to S$5,000.

And if convicted of disorderly behaviour, Chow can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to S$2,000.

The maximum penalty for using criminal force is three months in jail and S$1,500 fine.

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