Singapore man in spitting video claims he only did it once: The man caught on video of spitting at two women at a bus interchange in Singapore claims he did it only once and is claiming trial on five or the six charges he is facing, according to reports.
The incident occurred at the Woodlands Regional Interchange at about 9:30pm on October 22 of this year. The video went viral on YouTube, attracting more than 286,000 views.
The suspect, 47-year-old Juraimi Kamaludin, appeared in court on Friday and was not represented by an attorney. He admitted spitting at the woman in the video, but said he only did it once during the argument.
He told the court that he wants to plead guilty to the charge of spitting in the face of 34-year-old Lee Kuan Eng, but is contesting five of the six charges against him.
Mr. Juraimi apologised in court for his actions on that night, and said he regrets what he did, said reports.
He also gave an explanation to the court as to why he committed the alleged offence.
He claimed Ms. Lee had insulted his mother while they were on board the bus. He also said she had made a derogatory remark about him, reported Channel News Asia.
Because Mr. Juraimi is contesting five of the charges against him, the district judge has set a pre-trial conference meeting for January 6, 2014.
Mr. Juraimi, an odd-job worker, was charged in October with being a public nuisance because of his aggressive behaviour at the Woodlands Bus Exchange.
He was accused of spitting in Ms. Lee’s face twice, as well as allegedly spitting in the face of another woman, 41-year-old Teoh Lay Peng, and was also accused of pushing her out of the bus.
Mr. Juraimi is also facing one other charge of disorderly behaviour in September of this year at a void deck at Bukit Batok Street 21, said reports.
The charge of pushing Ms. Teoh out of the bus carries a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine up to S$2,500.
On the charge of disorderly behaviour, he could face a maximum jail term of one month and a fine of S$1,000.
The charge of using criminal force by spitting carries a maximum jail sentence of three months and a fine of S$1,500 for each count.
On the charge of being a public nuisance by behaving aggressively, he faces a maximum fine of up to S$1,000.