Woman pleads guilty to flipping pot of boiling soup onto man in dispute, causing burns to


SINGAPORE: After claiming that a man had damaged her mobile phone, Lim Si Hui walked into a hotpot restaurant and flipped a pot of boiling soup onto him, causing burns to nearly a third of his body which required several skin grafts.

The 33-year-old Singaporean pleaded guilty on Tuesday (Jan 2) to voluntarily causing grievous hurt by means of a heated substance.

Another charge for voluntarily causing hurt to the same victim by slapping him three times on the face will be taken into account when Lim returns to court on Jan 25 for sentencing.

The court heard that sometime before 11pm on Apr 19, 2022, Lim got into an argument with the victim Martin Boey, at the opening of a bar called FML Bar in Prinsep Street.

Mr Boey had allegedly damaged Lim’s mobile phone during an argument between the pair.

This was when Lim slapped Mr Boey out of anger before they moved out of the bar to talk things out.

After speaking to the police, who were called to the scene, Lim returned to the bar to continue drinking while Mr Boey left with two of his friends and his girlfriend to have supper at a hotpot restaurant at nearby 74A Prinsep Street.

When Lim’s husband arrived at the bar, Lim told him what happened between her and Mr Boey.

As she became angry again while talking about the incident, Lim wanted to confront the victim once more.

Her husband tried to stop her but she insisted and left to confront Mr Boey at the eatery, Uranus Restaurant.

THE HOTPOT INCIDENT

At about 11.40pm, Lim entered the restaurant and walked up to the table where Mr Boey was seated with his friends.

She then flipped the pot of boiling soup onto the victim, causing it to spill onto Mr Boey’s lower torso and lower limbs, as he was seated.

In excruciating pain, Mr Boey immediately got up from his chair to try and remove his T-shirt but slipped on the soup contents on the floor and fell, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Santhra Aiyyasamy.

As he lay on the floor, Mr Boey’s girlfriend and friend helped him to remove his T-shirt and pulled down his pants and underwear to his lower thighs.

Closed-circuit television footage of the incident was shown in court where Lim could be seen standing by the table after flipping the hotpot, pointing her finger at him and saying something angrily.

Mr Boey lost consciousness for a while and made his way to the toilet to try to treat his burn wounds with water after he regained consciousness.

He was later taken to Singapore General Hospital where he was assessed to have sustained burns to 29 per cent of his body with superficial, partial and full-thickness burns of the abdomen and both lower limbs as well as around the private part.

Mr Boey had to undergo skin grafting on four occasions and was eventually discharged on May 18, 2022, with 15 days of hospitalisation leave.

He was also seen by psychiatrists for post-traumatic syndrome because of the incident, and was likely to suffer permanent scarring from the burn injuries.

“VICIOUS NATURE OF THE ATTACK”

Seeking a jail term of between five-and-a-half and six years, DPP Santhra argued that a large amount of heated substance was poured onto Mr Boey, which covered a wider surface area of his body as the liquid was difficult to control.

“The vicious nature of the accused’s attack had caused extensive injuries to the victim causing scarring that will be permanent and something that he has to deal with throughout his lifetime,” said DPP Santhra.

She added that Lim’s act of throwing the boiling soup towards Mr Boey was fully deliberate, sudden and unexpected, rendering Mr Boey unable to react or take any defensive measures.

“The potential harm to the victims’ friends seated at the same table was also high but, fortunately, they escaped without any injury,” DPP Santhra said.

For voluntarily causing grievous hurt by means of a heated substance, a person can be jailed for life, or for up to 15 years and caned or fined. Lim cannot be caned because she is a woman.

This article was originally published in TODAY.



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