SINGAPORE: He had harboured a grudge against a housemate who told him off for not closing the door quietly, thus interrupting his sleep.
A month later, Feng Zhangao launched an alcohol-induced attack on his housemate Wei Liangliang by throwing punches and even biting off Mr Wei’s left ear lobe.
Feng, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen, was on Tuesday (May 12) jailed four months for voluntarily causing hurt to Mr Wei, 31.
A district court heard that the incident happened on Mar 15 this year, in the Woodlands Drive 62 flat they lived in.
At about 9pm, Feng had consumed about four cans of beer and was “emboldened” to confront Mr Wei. When Mr Wei was heading for bed, Feng tried to kick him in the stomach. Both men exchanged punches, and Feng then bit Mr Wei’s left ear lobe.
The fight stopped when Feng saw Mr Wei’s ear lobe was detached. Mr Wei then called the police, while Feng fled to his company premises, where he was later arrested.
A medical report from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital showed that Mr Wei’s ear lobe “allegedly bitten off by an alcohol-intoxicated roommate”. The ear lobe was preserved in ice before being re-attached, the court heard.
In sentencing, District Judge Lee Poh Choo said that violence among fellow dormitory residents cannot be tolerated. Judge Lee also ordered Feng to compensate Mr Wei S$2,765 for medical fees and loss of income due to 37 days of medical leave.
Feng’s sentence is backdated to Mar 17, when he was first remanded.
Feng could have been jailed up to two years, fined S$5,000, or both.