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    Apr 22, 2016

    Student who slashed teen given a chance, sent to RTC

    A 17-YEAR-OLD student who slashed another teenager with a bread knife on an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) campus last year was given a chance to reform yesterday after the High Court heard an appeal which detailed his "unstable" family background.

    Instead of 18 months' jail and six strokes of the cane, Muhammad Zuhairie Adely Zulkifli will undergo reformative training, a strict regime of between 18 months and three years aimed at rehabilitating young offenders behind bars.

    Justice Chan Seng Onn told the teen he was prepared to give him a chance because of his youth.

    Earlier in the appeal, Zuhairie's lawyer, Benny Tan, said the teen was raised in an "unstable home environment characterised by financial difficulties, inconsistent parental care and domestic violence", citing a government psychological report.

    Both his parents abused substances and were in and out of jail for various offences.

    Zuhairie first met the victim, Ahmad Nurthaqif Sahed, 18, on March 7 last year in Clarke Quay. He knew his girlfriend, and called out to her "baby" and Mr Nurthaqif confronted him.

    Three days later, Zuhairie, then a student at ITE College West, saw Mr Nurthaqif at the school meeting his girlfriend.

    Zuhairie took a bread knife with a 35cm blade from his locker and charged at Mr Nurthaqif, causing him to sustain slash wounds and fractures on his arm and fingers.

    In October, Zuhairie pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing grievous hurt and an unrelated charge of rioting.