KUALA LUMPUR - A taxi driver, who pleaded guilty to slapping a 26-year-old woman until her lip bled three days ago, was fined RM1,000 (S$386) by a magistrate's court here.
Magistrate Nur A'Minahtul Mardiah Md Nor also instructed Chong Kim Fah, 48, to be jailed two months if he failed to pay the fine. Chong, who also pinched the woman's cheek, paid the fine.
The court meted out the sentence after Chong admitted to causing hurt to insurance company employee Tan Yun Ceat by hitting her at Jalan Angsoka off Jalan Nagasari here at about 7.40am on Monday.
Earlier, in mitigation, counsel Khairull Amin Abdullah, who appeared for Chong, said his client earned about RM1,500 monthly.
He said Chong was not married and was caring for his 74-year-old mother.
"My client sends his mother three times a week to a clinic for check-ups and to continue to get her supply of medication," he said.
Deputy public prosecutor Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Nordin submitted that the court should consider public interest when meting out the sentence.
"What would the public say if the sentence given is unreasonable?" she asked.
According to Tan's report, lodged at the Dang Wangi police station, she said the assault occurred when she was driving from Bandar Menjalara to Jalan Raja Chulan at about 7.40am on Monday.
She said two cars were parked on both sides of the road and when she drove on, a taxi suddenly appeared in front of her.
The taxi driver honked at her and when she refused to move her vehicle, he rammed her car.
The cabbie then came out of his vehicle and slapped her.
On Wednesday, company director Khoo Kok Ann, 58, who spat on a woman's car windshield, claimed trial in the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court to using criminal intimidation on Alisa Thean Wei Yun, 35, by blocking her car with his on the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong, heading to Putrajaya.