Remember back a couple of years back when the name Samuel Seow trended for quite a while? If you do, then you should know the context of what happened.
Be glad to know that the now disbarred lawyer, who pushed the forehead of his subordinate and assaulted another employee at his then law firm, has been sentenced to four weeks of jail and was given a fine of $1,500, bringing justice to the victims.
Pleaded Guilty Back in 2020
In July of 2020, Seow pleaded guilty to one count each of assaulting his niece and also employee, Brenda Kong Shin Ying, and using criminal force against another employee Rachel Kang Pei Shan.
Other charges such as a harassment charge and a second charge of using criminal force on a third woman, Ms Serene Tan Tzuu Yen, were considered during the sentencing.
District Judge Ronald Gwee mentioned during the sentencing that acts of violence needs to be condemned, especially more so since the victims owing their livelihoods to Seow, who was their paymaster (i.e. their boss).
Disbarred from The Bar
On 18 May 2022, Seow was disbarred from the bar, meaning that he can no longer practice law.
In a written statement, the Court of Three Judges mentioned that Seow’s behaviour was unacceptable and that his negative character made him unfit to be a member of the legal profession.
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Today, it’s reported that Seow’s bail was set at $5,000 on 28 Oct and he will start his jail term starting from 3 Nov.
For assault, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.
For using criminal force, he could have been jailed up to three months and fined up to $1,500.
At 5:45pm on 17 April 2018, Rachel had to leave for company event. However, as she was about to leave, Seow stopped her because she had uncompleted work and was leaving the office without giving him an update.
This caused Seow to become furious and he proceeded to poke Rachel’s forehead twice with his right index finger forcefully.
After which, Seow grabbed her left arm and pushed her back.
One of their colleagues spotted the incident and held on to Seow to restrain him.
However, Seow broke free from the man’s restrain and repeatedly slapped Ms Kong on her cheeks and head.
In an act of self-defense, she hit his face once.
Other colleagues who started to hear what was going on stepped in and persuaded Seow to calm down.
However, their words became white noise to him and he charged at Ms Kong pushing her against a table, which caused her to fall.
Upon seeing the violence used, a male colleague stepped in and grabbed Seow from behind in an attempt to defuse the situation, which he succeeded.
While Seow was restrained, Ms Kong managed to slip away and visited Parkway East Hospital to treat her injuries. She was subsequently given three days of medical leave.
With the violence being too much to bear, Ms Kang lodged a police report on 12 May 2018.
Here is the video if you want to see what happened.
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