BRITISH MAN JAILED TWO WEEKS FOR ATTACKING SINGAPOREAN TAXI DRIVER
A technical manager was jailed for two weeks on Thursday for pushing a taxi driver on the head in a road rage incident.
Christopher Gordon Sang, 43, a Briton, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Liu San Chuang, 65, outside the entrance of Dahlia Park condominium along Flora Drive in Upper Changi on July 19 last year.
Sang has paid $5,000 compensation and apologised to the victim who suffered neck pain and muscle strain as a result of the incident.
The court heard that Mr Liu picked up a passenger outside the condominium at about 8.10pm that day.
Mr Liu later stopped his taxi and turned on his hazard lights. He waited along the two-way carriageway to allow vehicles to overtake him before intending to make a three-point turn to head out of Flora Drive.
Sang drove up and stopped a few car lengths behind the victim's taxi and flashed his headlights and horned. The victim drove forward to the left to let Sang overtake him but Sang stopped behind the cab, flashed his headlights and horned again.
Mr Liu wound down his window and used his right hand to signal Sang to overtake him.
Sang got down from his Audi sports car and walked towards thetaxi. He opened the right rear passenger door and pushed the victim's head forward while mumbling some words, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Terence Szetoh.
Sang then returned to his car, overtook the taxi and drove off to his home at Ferraria Park condominium along the same road.
His lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam said in mitigation that his client was very remorseful and regretted the offence which was "completely out of character".
District Judge Eddy Tham said there is a strong public interest when it comes to road rage cases, even more so when it involved a criminal assault on a public transport worker as in the present case.
Sang could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.