Six women aged between 18 and 30 years old were charged in court yesterday (27 Jun) over an attack on a 19-year-old girl, also from PRC, Ms Zheng Lu.
The incident happened in K-Box, a karaoke chain, at Orchard Cineleisure, on the night of 2 May last month.
Of the six charged, five are Chinese nationals while 1 is a new Singaporean citizen:
- Wu Huamin, 18, PRC, student
- Wu Huachun,19, PRC, student
- Qiu Zhulin, 28, PRC, assistant account manager
- Liu Jiabao, 30, Singapore PR, housewife
- Wang Xi, 23, Singapore PR, student
- Ding Jiao, 28, new citizen, consultant
On the night of 2 May at about 11pm, for some reasons, Wu Huachun together with Wang were allegedly attacking Ms Zheng, punching and kicking her. This was said to have gone on for 3 hours. At about 2am, the other 4 allegedly also joined in the attack.
Ding, Wang, Liu, Qiu and Wu Huamin were accused of taking part of an unlawful assembly with a common object to cause hurt to Ms Zheng.
Wu Huachun was charged together with Wang for voluntarily causing hurt to Ms Zheng.
This is believed to be the second case of rioting involving PRCs at K-Box in recent months.
In April this year, five women, also from PRC, were charged with rioting for allegedly attacking 20-year-old student Chen Xing on Nov 10 last year. The 5, all students, are:
- Shi Yanjun, 17
- Li Xuefei, 19
- Hu Heying, 20
- Ma Ruian, 21
- Pan Jingwen, 19
They are scheduled to go for another pre-trial conference on 7 July while the first 6 will go for theirs on 21 July.
If convicted of rioting, each offender could be jailed for up to seven years. For voluntarily causing hurt, the offender could be jailed up to 2 years and/or fined up to $5,000.
Meanwhile, the 6 were told not to approach the victim, Ms Zheng.
PRCs behaving badly outside China
PRCs behaving badly even outside of their country appears to be a common phenomenon these days.
Last year, South China Morning Post reported PRC tourists got into a fist fight in a French lavender field [Link].
A Chinese wedding party and a group of PRC tourists got into a scuffle in a lavender field in Provence, France as they jockeyed for better backdrops for their wedding photos.
The video of the fight, which was shot by one of the tourists involved, was posted online and went viral.
One woman in the video shouted, “You mainlanders behave so badly”, fueling speculation that one of the groups might be from Hong Kong or Taiwan.
The PRC group was rumoured to be tourists from Anhui province.
When asked to comment on the incident, Anhui government said, “We have an obligation to inform tourists to behave well, but we can’t force them to do so.”
Many Chinese netizens criticised their fellow compatriots. “You guys make all Chinese people lose face,” said one Weibo user.
“If you go abroad, you represent not only yourself, but also all Chinese people,” commented another.
Others felt sorry that the beautiful French lavender field had been damaged in the fight.