In a recent court case, Hossain Md Akid, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for carrying a weapon in public.
The incident occurred following a heated argument over the phone with his romantic interest’s boyfriend. Hossain armed himself with a chopper, intending to use it in case of a physical altercation during a planned meeting with the boyfriend and another man.
According to a report, the disagreement originated when Hossain engaged in a verbal dispute with Mr Khan Mohammed Ashik, 30, and Mr Mukit Anwarul Kabir, 28, both Bangladeshi construction workers, over his romantic interest.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Jeremy Bin stated that the trio, consisting of Bangladeshi construction workers, engaged in a verbal exchange filled with vulgarities due to Hossain’s romantic interest in Mr. Khan’s girlfriend.
The argument escalated, prompting the trio to arrange a meeting to resolve the conflict. Prior to leaving his residence, Hossain concealed a chopper with a blade measuring 17cm in length and 9cm in width, along with a kitchen knife.
Hossain Hides Weapon in His Pants Before Confrontation
However, two men intercepted him, removing the knives from his possession. The court documents did not specify the relationship between Hossain and the two men.
Undeterred, Hossain managed to retain the chopper, concealing it in the back of his pants, before proceeding to meet Mr Khan and Mr Mukit. The encounter took place at an open field near Sim Lim Square along Rochor Road. Tempers flared as the trio engaged in a physical altercation involving pushing and arguing. Eventually, friends intervened, separating the individuals involved.
During the commotion, a domestic worker noticed the chopper handle protruding from Hossain’s pants and informed Mr Khan. Acting promptly, Mr Khan relayed the information to Mr Mukit, who promptly contacted the police. Hossain, unaware of the unfolding events, left the scene but was later apprehended at his residence.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Jeremy Bin advocated for a minimum three-month jail term for Hossain, emphasizing the need to send a strong message against carrying weapons in public. Carrying a weapon in public carries a penalty of up to two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.
The court ultimately sentenced Hossain to three months’ imprisonment, with the sentence backdated to September 11, 2022, when he was first remanded. Hossain had been on bail for various periods from September 27, 2022, to February 21, and from March 6 to April 14.
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