The 49 year old red shirt man who slapped 16 year old Amos Yee and continued to taunt him after it has been finally identified after 11 days of anonymity.
Video of the slapping incident by Channel NewsAsia:
Neo Gim Huah is an owner of his own aircon service company, GH Aircon & Electrical Energy.
Neo Gim Huah was caught on video slapping Amos Yee while the latter was on his way to court for a hearing on 30th April 2015. He was subsequently caught by the Singapore Police on the next day (May 1st) at 2am.
During his court trial today, he said he was very offended by Amos Yee’s video which insulted the deceased former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He deliberately waited for Amos Yee on that day to slap him as he knew the reporters will be present, “so that the world at large would know that Amos Yee was being taught a lesson”.
In his own words, Neo Gim Huah said:
“I thought by giving him one slap would instil fear in him, and also let him know what are the ways of the world.”
Neo Gim Huah pleaded guilty and even gave a long mitigation plea in Chinese asking for leniency before sentencing. He said that this is his first offense and pleaded the court for a fine and not anything harsher because he is worried about his wife and three children.
The prosecutors asked for a 2 weeks jail on the basis that Neo Gim Huah’s actions were pre-mediated and that the Court should show it is unacceptable to take the law into one’s own hands.
The District Judge Ronald Gwee sentenced him to a 3 weeks jail beginning today. However, the maximum penalty for voluntarily causing hurt to others is a 2 years jail and a fine up to $5,000.
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