By Tiffany Gwee
An Australian expatriate, Mr Aaron Jeremiejczyk, who was accused of punching local jazz musician Dawn Ho earlier this week at a taxi stand in Sentosa, has resigned from his job. This comes after his employer had suspended him after it received complaints about the incident.
Confrontation gone wrong
According to her Facebook post about the alleged altercation, Ms Ho, 34, was waiting for her band mates to pick her up from the taxi stand when she “witnessed an obnoxious guy and his friends hijack a (limousine) cab.” They then shouted at the driver “in the most demeaning way”, including calling him their “bitch”, says Ms Ho.
She then proceeded to confront Mr. Jeremiejczyk. “I told him what he’s doing is not cool and he didn’t have the right to talk to people like that.”
At this point, Ms Ho claimed that Mr Jeremiejczykr started verbally abusing her with vulgarities and begun chasing after her as she made her way back to her friend’s car. His female friend also got out of the limo cab and “tried to get violent with (her)”. She even used a “beer bottle she had in her hand”. Unfortunately, it landed on Ms Ho’s best friend’s nose while he was trying his best to stop the lady. Another band mate also got out of the car in an attempt to restrain Mr Jeremiejczyk’s female friend.
Punched in the nose
While her friends were trying to stop the aggressive lady, Mr Jeremiejczykr took the chance to look for Ho (who was already sitting in the car) and suddenly “punched (her) in (her) face”, causing her nose to bleed.
“His response was him mocking her and asking, ‘Why did you punch yourself?’.”
“After an entire episode of verbally abusing me with names like bitch, cunt, mother fucker, racist, slut, when he saw that he had made me bleed he showed no remorse.”
“As soon as I felt the blood gushing out of my nose I said, ‘Don’t go anywhere, I’m calling the police’.”
Ms Ho said that even then, , he did not seem to care.
Said Ms Ho, “He just repied, ‘Why did you punch yourself?’ with a smirk on his face.”
Ms Ho called the police at about 9.20pm and then went to the hospital to get an X-ray scan for her nose, which she said only stopped bleeding the next morning. “Half my face is tender and swollen,” she writes on her Facebook page.
She has since filed a police report hoping that the police will “take action against him.” If not, she might be engaging a lawyer to “file a civil suit against him” in the future.
Response from his employer
Mr Jeremiejczykr had started work as a director of marketing with Tadcaster Hospitality about three months ago. The company, which runs and owns The Exchange in Asia Square, had suspended his service on Tuesday.
Mr Jeremiejczykr tendered his resignation later the same day.
“While it was terrible,” said the managing director of the company, Mr Tony Coughlan, “the alleged incident occurred on his own time and this has nothing to do with the company.”
He added that the company “deplores and denounces violence of any nature, be it verbal or physical abuse being used in any situation.”
The management has sent Ms Ho their “heartfelt concerns” towards her and wished her a “speedy recovery from her physical and mental hurt” following the incident.
The police are currently investigating the incident.