An ITE student who is 20 years old now, Razmy Abdul Rahim, admitted in Court on 21 January, that he particularly sought foreign workers of South Asian descent in order to assault them.
The student who hated foreign workers from the Indian sub-continent, assaulted them on various occasions. He told District Judge Mathew Joseph that he assaulted them because he did not like how the foreign workers had looked upon his mother and girlfriend.
Razmy with an accomplice, Ko Wai Kit, had assaulted at least five Indian and Bangladeshi construction workers in five separate unprovoked attacks in 2013 and 2014.
The Court heard how Razmy targeted a particular section of the community. In June and July 2013, the ITE College East student and Ko targeted foreign workers who were walking alone in the street while using their mobile phones and punched them repeatedly. In one instance, one Bangladeshi was punched on the nose by one attacker while the other held him.
In another incident in March 2014, an Indian foreign worker Kaspar John Xavier, upon noticing that Razmy and Ko were nearby and that there was a pen-knife in Razmy’s hand, became afraid and left with his 3 other friends. Three days later Razmy and Ko attacked Xavier and his friends when Xavier saw them in the neighbourhood and asked about the pen-knife incident a few days earlier. Xavier’s friend, 28-year-old Chelladurai Prabu, suffered a dislocated shoulder as a result of the assault.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua said foreign workers because of language and culture barriers, may be vulnerable victims. They are “generally unaware of their rights” and may be unable to “vindicate their rights after having been wronged, he said.
Describing the case as “especially disturbing” because of “the toxic combination of xenophobic and racist attitudes” held by Razmy, DPP Chua asked the Court to “send an unstinting message” that such offences will not be tolerated.
Otherwise it might compromise “the social fabric of our multiracial and harmonious society”, the DPP said. The District Judge called the attacks targeted at such foreign workers as “particularly deplorable”.
Razmy is expected to be sentenced on 16 February, pending a reformative training pre-sentence report. Razmy had committed the offences against the foreign workers while on probation for an earlier offence.
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