The pregnant tourist who was punched and kicked by a 1.8m-tall man at a foodcourt in Peace Centre was apparently only offered $500 as compensation for her medical fees from her attacker. He had allegedly attacked her without warning after she accidentally spilled soup on him
STOMPer Tan feels that the amount offered as compensation was too little for what could be a horribly traumatic incident to the mother-to-be, who could have lost her baby.
"Why was the man so violent? It's not fair to take out whatever anger is in him on her; plus he put two lives at stake," added the STOMPer.
Hailing from Hunan province in China, Miss Xiao Xia, 20, told Lianhe Wanbao on Saturday evening (Jun 23) her account of the incident that took place on the same day around 12.40am. She also said she is two months pregnant and felt pain in her tummy after the attack.
She said she had gone to the foodcourt for supper with friends, and three men came to share their table as the foodcourt was packed. She was leaning over to pick up a piece of meat with her chopsticks. This fell into her friend's soup bowl and some of it splattered on the man's face.
Without warning, Miss Xiao was punched in the face. She scolded the man for doing so, and he got up and attacked her further. He was also using profanities as he hit her repeatedly and said he was not afraid if she wanted to notify the police, Miss Xiao alleged.
The man kicked her in the stomach and stepped on her legs, Miss Xiao said. When she fell, she picked up an empty beer bottle on the floor in an attempt to protect herself, but she was stepped on and kicked in the stomach further by the man.
The account of the incident on Lianhe Wanbao also included other diners gathering around and some throwing their chopsticks at the man as they were unhappy with his actions. A diner also told the paper that Miss Xiao was also repeatedly apologising to the man over the unintentional soup spillage incident. The man was finally pulled away by the foodcourt staff.
The police were called in by the foodcourt's management and the CCTV footage was also duly handed over. Miss Xiao's sister rushed down after the incident and demanded compensation from the man, who only offered $500. This was rejected as they felt the amount was too little and the man was insincere in doing so.
A check-up at the Singapore General Hospital showed that her baby is fine. Miss Xiao also postponed her flight back to China that was originally scheduled for Sunday (Jun 24) as she wanted to pursue legal recourse with the man.