With a history of violent offences, he had been in and out of reformative training twice.
Muhammad Hafiz Jamal, 22, was most recently released from the Reformative Training Centre on Aug 1 last year and placed under prison supervision, reports The New Paper.
In January, he cut his electronic monitoring tag, effectively escaping supervision.
Two months later, he was still on the loose and things took a disastrous turn for him.
At about 4am on March 22, Hafiz was eating with his girlfriend and her sister at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tampines West Community Centre when he instigated a fight that ended up with someone’s nose being sliced off.
For that, Hafiz was yesterday jailed one year for his part in the melee.
At the McDonald’s outlet, he had seen a group of familiar faces – one of them was a man who used to have a crush on his girlfriend.
It also irritated him that members of the group were talking and laughing loudly.
After leaving the fast food restaurant, Hafiz called a friend, Firdaus Muhammad Abdul Aziz, 22, and met him at a nearby block.
The two then went back to McDonald’s and confronted the group, who denied making fun of Hafiz.
Hafiz and Firdaus then went to a nearby coffee shop but called up two friends, who came to meet them. One of them, 20-year-old Norazizul Samzaman, brought two knives and gave one to Firdaus.
The four went to McDonald’s again and asked Mr Aidil Syahril Ramadhan Idris and Mr Ahmer Noor Rashid Shahul Hameed to meet them outside.
When the two went outside, Hafiz punched Mr Aidil several times on his face and body, leading to a skull fracture and bleeding in his eye.
According to earlier media reports, Mr Ahmer’s nose was cut during the scuffle and had to be reattached in a 19-hour operation.
Before sentencing, District Judge Wong Choon Ning noted that Hafiz had been given a number of chances, but has re-offended multiple times with a history of fighting.
“I worry about you... I had decided in my heart to give you a chance,” she said, adding that she took into account his background and situation at the time of the offence.
The judge emphasised that Hafiz was “very lucky” he was not charged with vandalism when he cut the electronic monitoring tagging, calling it “mercy on the part of the prosecution”.
“If faced with a situation, you resort to violence. In the end, you’re the one who will suffer,” she said.
In mitigation, Hafiz presented a handwritten letter to the court where he detailed how he was led astray early on in life but wanted to change now.
After he was sentenced, Judge Wong gave him 10 minutes to speak to his sister and fiancee who were in court.
Hafiz is the second of the four to be dealt with. Yusuf Ashraf Saiful Islam Abdullah was sentenced to reformative training last week.
Firdaus and Norazizul are claiming trial.