A 34 year old Dutch Dino Petrus Johannes van Deijzen who assaulted a taxi driver had his 3 weeks jail sentence upped to 3 months after a successful appeal from the Prosecution. The DPP appealed against the 3 week sentence because the preceding Judge Imran had portrayed the Dutchman as a victim in this assault case.
Justice Imran “noted that the victim had also engaged in a scuffle with van Deijzen and traded blows, which would have explained the blunt force trauma suffered by the accused.” However, Appeals Judge Tay did not agree with Judge Imran judgement saying the claims made by the accused were “convenient excuses to downplay his use of inexcusable violence”.
A lack of remorse and no offer of compensation to the victim has been cited by aggravating factors to the increase in sentencing.
On 19 June 2015, Dutchman Dino Petrus Jhannes van Deijzen was sentenced to a 3 weeks jail for viciously punching and kicking a 42 year old taxi driver after the former refuse to pay his taxi fare. The victim suffered multiple abrasions all over his body and could not drive for five days, severely affecting his livelihood – losing income and having to pay rental while he recovers.