A 35-yer-old doctor, who was convicted for assaulting his girlfriend, will be referred to a disciplinary tribunal, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said on Monday.
Clarence Teo Shun Jie, a stand-in doctor, allegedly attacked his girlfriend for refusing sex leaving her with facial fractures and bleeding in the brain, CNA reported.
He was sentenced last week to three years, six months and two weeks’ imprisonment, along with four strokes of the cane and a S$4,000 fine by a Singapore court.
Teo allegedly locked his ex-girlfriend in a room, assaulting her when she refused him sex and voluntarily causing hurt to her.
The SMC said it had imposed restrictions on Teo’s practice when it was first made aware of his case, which came before the courts in 2018.
“Following Dr Teo’s conviction in court on Monday, SMC will be obtaining the court documents to prepare the charges before referring him to a disciplinary tribunal inquiry,” said SMC.
It referred to the Medical Registration Act, which states that the council may immediately refer the matter to a disciplinary tribunal where a medical practitioner has been convicted in Singapore or elsewhere of an offence that implies “a defect in character which makes him unfit to practise medicine”.
Teo had met 27-year-old Rachel Lim En Hui, in early 2017 on a dating application, before punching her while tipsy during an argument a month later.
When she tried to end her relationship with Teo, he waited for her at the foot of her block, dragging her into his car while striking her and punching her face in the vehicle.
He then drove her to his home where he assaulted her, in events that he pleaded guilty to.