Story By: Eman El-Sherbiny, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Video Credit: AsiaWire/@allsgstuff
A British expat who was caught on camera insulting and punching a 59-year-old security guard has been sentenced to one week in jail.
Stuart Mills, 47, hit Andrew Lim on 4th April, at Roxy Square, a shopping centre in the city-state island of Singapore.
Local media reported that Mills pleaded guilty to one count of causing harm to Lim.
Another charge of intent to cause distress to Lim by hurling insults at him was also considered before sentencing.
Mills, who is the owner of an advertising agency called The Creative Mills, was allegedly drunk on the night of the incident.
According to local media, he could not find an open exit at the shopping centre and that is when he and Lim were caught on camera.
In the video, Lim appears to explain to Mills where the other exits are, however, Mills can be seen becoming agitated and exacerbated.
The footage, which was captured by a security guard, also shows Mills taking a video of the altercation which escalates as Mills tells Lim to ‘f*ck off’.
Lim then can be heard saying: “There are three exit doors here. I am willing to show you, but you refuse.”
Lim tries to show Mills the exit but he ends up tripping then punching Lim who falls on the floor and breaks his glasses.
Mills reportedly went back the following day to apologise, which allowed the shopping centre’s staff to identify him and report him to the police.
The court also heard that Mills gave Lim 2,000 SGD (1,166 GBP) in compensation to cover his medical expenses and a pair of spectacles.
According to local media, Mills’ lawyer, Ramesh Tiwary, told the court: “The surest sign of his remorse is the fact that he had returned to the scene when he realised what he had done to apologise to the victim, even though he knew that by returning, it would lead to his own identification.”
Tiwary added: “He realised when he saw the video how bizarre and unexplainable (sic) his behaviour was. He has been seeking medical help, he has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. I’m not saying there’s any causal link, but he’s taking steps to reform his behaviour.”
He has been jailed for one week.
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