Singapore tour guide who pulled turban off Sikh’s head in fight given mandatory treatment order – CNA

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A tour guide who attacked a Sikh pedestrian for no apparent reason and pulled the turban off the man’s head was on Thursday (Dec 20) ordered to undergo 18 months of psychiatric treatment under a mandatory treatment order, according to a report.

Gan Kian Seng, 46, who suffers from schizophrenia, had pleaded guilty to one count each of using criminal force and voluntarily causing hurt to Saranpal Singh Bhaliwal Peram Singh, 30. Another charge of uttering words to deliberately wound the victim’s racial feelings was taken into consideration, reports Channel News Asia (CNA).

A mandatory treatment order directs an offender to undergo psychiatric treatment – in lieu of jail time – for no more than two years. It is ordered upon recommendation by an appointed psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health, the report added.

On April 23, Gan visited a pub on Maude Road in Jalan Besar at 7pm and had some alcoholic drinks. He left at 8.20pm. While he was crossing a traffic junction at 8.40pm, he started speaking to and gesturing to an unknown pedestrian. After he reached the other side, Gan confronted the pedestrian and pushed him.

He then turned on Singh – who was standing by the road and faced away from Gan – and pushed him. Gan began gesturing at Singh before pulling his turban off his head and dropping it on the ground. He also pulled Singh’s hair, the report added.

A fight ensued, where Gan slapped Singh on the face, and Singh retaliated with a few punches. Gan punched and kicked Mr Singh in return, uttering racial slurs at him. A crowd had gathered at that point, and a bystander called the police, saying that two people were fighting outside a hotel, it said.

Gan was suffering from schizophrenia, according to a psychiatric report, and this had a causal link to the offences, the court heard. Gan had also written a letter of apology to Singh, the report added.

 

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