Teen admits to spitting at mother, verbally abusing and pointing knife at her

·Senior Reporter
·2-min read
A hand holding a cigarette in front of a beer cup.
A hand holding a cigarette in front of a beer cup. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A teen who verbally abused his mother for trying to speak to him about the mess from his cigarette butts and ashes threatened her with a knife when she tried to reconcile with him.

The 19-year-old man punched and spat at his mother, while throwing a cigarette butt at her. He then pointed a kitchen knife at her and called her “a piece of s***”.

The Malaysian, who is a Singapore permanent resident, was ordered to be assessed for reformative training and probation suitability reports on Monday (6 December), after he pleaded guilty to an offence of voluntarily causing hurt and criminally intimidating his mother. One count of using criminal force against her will be considered when he is sentenced. 

On 25 July this year, the victim saw cigarette butts and ashes around her living room and kitchen. She became emotional and cried in her bedroom. When she saw her son enter the kitchen, she went to speak to him but he shouted vulgarities at her.

The mother, whose age was redacted from court documents, then cleaned up her son’s mess.

The teen was drinking beer and smoking in the living room when his mother approached him in an attempt to reconcile. However, her son punched her on the right arm a few times. His elder sister came out of her bedroom to see the teen throwing a cigarette butt at their mother and punching her shoulder.

The mother fled to the kitchen where her son cornered her and spat at her. He picked up a kitchen knife with a 19cm blade and pointed it at her. He then told the woman she was a piece of “s***” and spat on her face a few times.

The woman left the kitchen but her son continued to pursue her. Afraid for her safety, the woman fled her unit, but her son trailed her, asking if she was going to call the police. The victim said that she just wanted to water the plants along the corridor.

When his mother wore his slippers, the teen became upset and locked the gate to the house. He threw the house keys out of a window and they landed on the ground floor of their residential block.

The victim went to the ground floor and called a former police officer who had handled her family’s disputes. The former police officer called the police hotline.

Several police officers later arrived at the teen's home and arrested him. Investigations revealed that he had drunk alcohol in the morning and was intoxicated by then. The victim suffered from bruises from the incident.

The teen will next return to court on 13 December regarding his assessment for reformative training and probation suitability.

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