NZ man jailed in Singapore

Last updated 08:04 21/11/2012

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A New Zealand man who jumped bail in Singapore then turned himself in more than a year later, has been sentenced to five months jail for his part in a brawl.

Robert Stephen Dahlberg, 35, pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt to Paul Louis Liew Kai Ming during a brawl at Suntec City in 2010, Channel NewsAsia reported.

The courts had allowed Dahlberg to go overseas in July 2011. He had been supposed to return by the start of the next month but turned himself in to Singapore police on September 6 this year.

In a statement to the media, Dahlberg's father said the past two years had taken a "huge emotional toll" on both Dahlberg and his family.

"We are all focusing on getting Robert through the remaining period in prison, getting him home, and helping him rebuild his life."

Dahlberg told a district court in Singapore through his lawyer he would reimburse Liew for his medical expenses.

Court documents said Dahlberg held Liew by his neck, slammed his head against a pillar, and kicked him in the face. Liew had a large laceration on his forehead, a fractured nasal bone, and a bleeding nose.

Another charge of causing hurt by a rash act, where Dahlberg swung his fist and hit Laurence Wong Seong in the head was taken into consideration.

Dahlberg's lawyer Wendell Wong said his client acted in a moment of ill-judgment.

Liew had been treated as an outpatient and had not needed surgery.

Dahlberg was remorseful and wanted to apologise to Liew.

The judge said the incident was an "unfortunate set of events" and Dahlberg's involvement appeared to be spontaneous and not pre-meditated.

He backdated the jail term to September 7, when Dahlberg was first remanded.

Dahlberg could have been jailed up to 10 years, fined or caned.

Two other expatriates - a Briton, who fled Singapore after being charged, and an Australian, who was sentenced to three weeks jail - were also involved in the brawl.

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