Singapore—Stuart Boyd Mills, who was caught on video striking a security guard at Roxy Square earlier this month has been charged in court on two counts. If he is found guilty he could face jail time, a fine, or both.
Mr Mills, a permanent resident of Singapore, was charged on Wednesday, April 24, with one count of voluntarily causing hurt and another of intentionally harassing security supervisor Andrew Lim, who works at Regal Security and Fire Management.
If he is convicted on the harassment charge, he could be fined a maximum of S$5,000, be jailed for 6 months, or both. For the other charge, he could go to jail for 2 years, or pay another S$5,000 fine.
Mr Mills was represented in court by his lawyer, Ramesh Tiwary. His next court date is on May 15.
The video of Mr Mills, age 47, was featured in the Facebook page All Singapore Stuff on April 5, and quickly went viral. In the footage, which is supposed to have been filmed the previous day, the two men can be seen arguing at 50 East Coast Road past midnight on April 4.
The video shows the security supervisor telling Mr Mills where the exit doors can be found. Mr Mills then curses at Mr Lim and tells him to shut up.
Mr Lim diplomatically tells Mr Mills that he can show him where the exit doors are, asking him “can we talk nicely?”
As they walk away from the camera toward an exit, with Mr Mills still speaking loudly and belligerently, it appears that the UK national stuck his foot out and tripped Mr Lim. Whether he did this on purpose or inadvertently cannot be determined. This resulted in Mr Mills getting even angrier, and then he is seen striking the security supervisor on the face, with the blow clearly heard on the video.
Mr Lim can be seen falling on the floor.
At this point, a third party intervenes and Mr Mills can be heard shouting another profanity and then walking away.
Channel NewsAsia reports that Mr Lim’s colleague, who filmed the video clip, called the police at this point.
Mr Lim was placed on medical leave after the incident, as he needed to go for a CT scan.
Regal Security and Fire Management Services’ general manager Mr K Bhaskaran said of Mr Lim after the incident, “He’s feeling a little bit of pain on his left side. He had a bad fall as well, his glasses were all broken. The punch was quite a heavy blow on him.”
Mr Mills attempted to apologize to Mr Lim, having returned to Roxy Square on the afternoon of April 5.
Mr Bhaskaran said, “He came in and wanted to apologise, he asked the manager to talk to Andrew. Andrew said, ‘no, no apology’. Then he called me and told me that guy is here, I told him (to) call the police immediately.”
When the police arrived they took a statement.
Regal Security and Fire Management Services shouldered Mr Lim’s legal and medical fees.
According to Mr Bhaskaran, the security supervisor is a “very polite and capable guy. He’s one of my good employees. So I stand by him.”
Of Mills, Mr Bhaskaran said, “I would say he’s a bully. Such a huge-sized guy tackling a 60-year-old man half the size of him, that is why I’m taking this very personal(ly).”
Netizens were quick to condemn Mr Mills for his violent actions./ TISG
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