S’pore coach allegedly throws phone at RI student’s face because he was ‘disobedient’

She allegedly did not intend to hurt him.

Tanya Ong | August 15, 2019 @ 12:55 pm


A 26-year-old fencing coach has been charged in court for causing hurt by doing a rash act, according to Lianhe Wanbao.

Allegedly threw phone at student

 Tan Shi Han, an external coach who was coaching the Raffles Institution fencing team, allegedly threw a mobile phone in the direction of a male student in the afternoon of Feb. 20, 2019.

The male student was part of the school’s fencing team, and they were having a training session that day.

Apparently, she was so angry by the student’s “disobedience” that she threw the phone to “teach him a lesson”.

Unfortunately, the phone hit the student’s face, creating a 1.5 centimetres Y-shaped cut on his forehead that caused him to bleed profusely.

The injury was located between his eyebrows and nose bridge.

She allegedly did not intend for the phone to hit him. She also immediately offered assistance to stop the bleeding afterward.

Resigned from position

The student’s family members lodged a police report after learning about the incident.

After the incident, Tan’s fencing club Blade Club suspended her from coaching duties. According to Wanbao, Tan has also since resigned from her position.

A spokesperson said: “We are devoted to providing services with the highest standard of professionalism. This applies not only for sporting and training excellence, but we also want to ensure that our students’ welfare and safety is guaranteed.”

Mother believes daughter had no ill intentions

Wanbao understands from Tan’s parents that they do not believe she intended to cause hurt.

Her father said that despite her stubborn personality, she is not the sort to resort to violence. He believes that she could have lost control of her emotions that day given her perfectionistic attitudes toward the sport.

Her mother added: “As her parents, I believe my daughter did not have any ill intentions.”

If found guilty of causing hurt by a rash act, she may face a jail term of up to a year, be fined up to S$5000, or both.

Tan will return to court for sentencing at a later date.

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