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Construction worker who stabbed roommate over COVID-19-related call to his wife gets jail

Jul 17, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: A construction worker talking loudly to his wife on the phone, trying to allay her concerns that he had chosen to remain in Singapore despite the COVID-19 outbreak, irked a dormitory roommate who picked up a knife and stabbed him.

At about 11.30pm, Zhang told Mr Chen to lower his voice as he continued speaking to his wife.

Mr Chen replied that he was trying to assuage his wife's concerns, but Zhang retorted that Mr Chen should be considerate towards the others in the room who were trying to sleep.

Zhang was arrested and Mr Chen taken to hospital with a 4cm-long gaping laceration over his forearm.

Zhang had stabbed the victim in the dark and could have hurt him at a more vulnerable part of his body, and the attack took place in a confined space where at least one other person in the room could also have been injured.