A taxi driver who punched a motorcyclist in a road rage case was jailed for four weeks on Thursday.
Lee Peng Geok, 49, pleaded guilty to hitting Mr Albert Goh Ban Chye, 43, twice at the junction of Henderson Road and Telok Blangah Way on Feb 25 this year.
A court heard that Mr Goh had been making a U-turn on Henderson Road when he saw Lee’s cab approaching him from the opposite direction with the horn blaring.
After Mr Goh had made his turn, Lee continued to sound his horn at him, but the motorcyclist ignored him and stopped at a traffic light. The cabby, however, was still sounding his horn, so Mr Goh gestured to him to enquire why.
Lee then got out of his cab and approached the rider, who lifted his helmet visor – at which point Lee punched him twice on the nose. The victim called the police and was taken to hospital for treatment. Lee left before officers arrived.
Lee, who was not represented, claimed Mr Goh made a rude gesture at him, but Assistant Public Prosecutor Andrew Low said this was not captured by the taxi’s in-vehicle camera.
District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim told Lee that even if the victim had behaved inconsiderately, he should not have lost his temper and beaten him.
The maximum penalty for voluntarily causing hurt is two years in jail and a S$5,000 fine.
This article was first published on July 12, 2014.
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