A banker mistaken as a loanshark runner

Poor Mr. Lee Jing Chong. A bank manager who was somehow mistaken as--guess, what?!--a loanshark runner!! He was beaten not by one, not by two, but by THREE vigilantes: Ong Kim Hua with his weapon of a metal rod, his uncle (Ong's, not Lee's) Teo Ho Seng prefers the punching & slapping style of attacking, and Ong's mother Teo Suan Kee with her straight forward "smack to the head" palm attack.

Consecutively, they were thrown to jail for 1 year, 3 months and 1 month.

The poor victim however was only compensated a total of $3,000 even though he lost his job due to suffering frequent heacaches and pain in a knee.

Mr. Lee Jing Chong should have appealed for harsher penalty!!

THREE members of a family that called the police after apprehending what they thought was a loanshark runner were jailed for assault on Monday. The man they beat up in 2009 turned out to be a bank manager visiting a friend living in the same block of flats in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

Ong Kim Hua, 32, a part-time salesman, was jailed a year for hitting Mr Lee Jing Chong, 31, with a metal rod and threatening to break Mr Lee's legs. Ong's uncle Teo Ho Seng, 47, a delivery man, was sentenced to three months in jail for punching and slapping the bank manager while Ong's mother Teo Suan Kee, 57, a housewife, was jailed a month for smacking Mr Lee's head several times. The attackers were also ordered to pay $1,000 each in compensation to Mr Lee.

District Judge Lee Poh Choo said that the trio, who had pleaded guilty last month, had taken the law in their own hands to mete out their own brand of justice, adding: 'Illegal money-lending activities are rife and there will be chaos if people are allowed to assault those they suspect,' said the judge.

Defence counsel Kertar Singh, described the incident as a 'genuine mistake' and asked the court to be lenient. But Deputy Public Prosecutor Ruth Wong said Mr Lee had to be warded for five days in Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment of a haemorrhage in the right eye and cuts and bruises all over his body.

The bank manager, who now suffers frequent headaches and pain in a knee, also had to quit his job as he was unable to perform his duties, the prosecutor added.

Ong had stood as a guarantor for a friend who borrowed from an unlicensed moneylender. The friend defaulted on the debt and, to 'catch' the loan-shark runners that had come to vandalise the flat, Ong kept two metal rods. The door of the trio's three-room flat was vandalised with paint at about 3am on March 15, 2009. At 6am, Ong was repainting the affected areas when he spotted Mr Lee and demanded to know what he was up to.

From Straits Times, "Trio jailed for hitting banker they mistook for runner". (14/02/11)

THREE members of a family who called the police after apprehending a man they mistook for a loan-shark runner were on Monday jailed for assault.

The man they beat up two years ago was a bank manager who was visiting a friend in the same block of flats in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

Mr Lee Jing Chong, 31, spent five days in hospital for an eye injury, cuts and bruises.

The vigilante attackers were:

# Part-time salesman Ong Kim Hua, 32, who was jailed for a year for hitting Mr Lee with a metal rod and threatening to break his legs;

# Ong's uncle Teo Ho Seng, 47, a delivery man, who was given a three-month jail term for punching and slapping the bank manager;

From Straits Times, "Three relatives jailed for assault". (15/02/11)