If you have younger siblings or cousins, you would probably be familiar with tantrums.
Even those who don’t might have often seen babies throwing tantrums at any public place.
But have you ever seen a 53-year-old grown man throw a temper tantrum?
Drunk Man Throws 2 Flower Pots from 15th Floor
On Thursday (3 June), 53-year-old Goh Tiong Keng pleaded guilty to one charge of committing a rash act endangering human life and was sentenced to four weeks’ jail.
For appearing drunk outside his 73-year-old father’s house, and conducting himself in a manner that caused annoyance to his father, a second charge under the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act was also taken into consideration during his sentencing.
The incident took place last year on 5 November around 10pm, at 87 Telok Blangah Heights.
Goh had reportedly returned home after drinking two bottles of beer, but had found himself locked out of the house. His father had padlocked the gate to the house.
Unhappy, Goh had started knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell continuously in order to get his father to let himself in.
Upon seeing this, Goh’s father had decided to call the police. The police had advised Goh to leave upon arrival, but Goh insisted on staying outside the unit. The police eventually left after a round of attempted persuasion.
However, Goh had got angrier the more he thought about it. In a fit of anger, Goh had taken two flower pots in the corridor and threw them off the flat’s parapet from the 15th floor.
Fortunately, no one had been harmed in this incident.
During the court hearing, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Krystle Chiang pointed out that this single act of killer litter was enough for Goh to be sentenced to jail. On top of that, Goh had also consumed a lot of alcohol prior to the incident.
According to a toxicology report from the Health Sciences Authority, Goh was found to have 176 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood—a clear indication that he was intoxicated.
In pleading for a lighter sentence for his client, Goh’s defence lawyer, Mr Periowsamy Otharam, said that Goh’s father had a bad temperament and would often lose his temper at home. Allegedly, Goh’s mother, who no longer lives with them, had also left because of this reason.
Mr Periowsamy Otharam highlighted that Goh had been a filial son who continued living with his father as he was worried that there was no one to look after him. He added that Goh had always been a good citizen, and that his client regrets his actions.
For committing a rash act that endangers human life, Goh could have been sentenced to six months’ jail or fined up to S$2,500, or both.
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