Ng Boo Han
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Singapore   Singapore
‘Bullying’ Air Force LTC loses court case against neighbour
Bullying Type: Emotional
Posted By: NoHoldingBack
1/06/14 1:26 AM
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National Day Award medallist LTC Ng Boo Han and his wife who ‘bullied’ their neighbour into building their dream home have lost a court case against their neighbour.

The couple saw the house of their neighbour, retiree Edward Teo Boon Hiang, around Christmas 2010. They were so impressed with his property that they wanted to rebuild their single-storey corner terrace house similar to Mr Teo’s English country-style double-storey house.

They asked Mr Teo about his house-builder but were surprised to hear that Mr Teo had renovated his own house.

They then asked if Mr Teo could help re-build their house in a similar fashion.

The couple said they had a budget of $350,000 from which Mr Teo could draw a wage of $17,500. They also agreed that Mr Teo could use recycled materials where he deemed fit.

The neighbours signed a simple two-page agreement in which the couple gave the 61-year-old a free hand to reconstruct their house.

It was to include:

a master bedroom with a washroom on the ground floor
two bedrooms with a common toilet on the second floor
a study room
a music room
a kitchen
an attic

A year later, their relationship soured when a dispute arose. The couple sued Mr Teo for almost $200,000 for rectification work, accusing him of failing to complete the project, while Mr Teo sued them for $89,000, which he claimed they owed him for his work and extra tasks they had demanded.

The judge, however, said the couple’s evidence against Mr Teo was “a shambles”. The judge deemed the couple “unsatisfactory witnesses”.

He was not convinced by the couple’s claim that it was Mr Teo who had been the protagonist. The couple claimed it was Mr Teo who came up with the idea of renovating their home and invited them to look at his house, adding that he had seen their house and told them of his desire to rebuild it into “a beautiful home”.

Mr Teo, however, told the court that the couple made his job impossible by demanding work not agreed upon, such as repainting part of a wall five times and replacing all three air-conditioning units because one of them had a scratch.

Mr Teo also said he was so stressed by their demands that he broke down in front of his grown-up children.

The judge noted that Mr Teo’s wife and children had rallied around him when they felt that he had been “bullied” by the couple.

The judge did allow the couple $25,000 for defects after Mr Teo replaced the non-conforming zinc roof with clay tiles. But he awarded Mr Teo $35,000 and $12,000 for legal costs, plus expenses incurred in the suit on top of this.

The couple have appealed against the decision.

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