SINGAPORE - He was a former associate of the notorious "One-eyed Dragon", and a man who twice escaped the gallows and was released from jail two years ago.
In one final twist to his colourful life, Mr Ngoi Yew Fatt was killed in a road accident earlier this year involving two Traffic Police motorcyles - all because he insisted on urinating along the Tampines Expressway (TPE).
At a coroner's inquest into his death on Wednesday, the court heard that the 54-year-old had attended a Chinese New Year chap goh mei function in Tampines on Feb 24.
He got drunk and was being driven home in a Mercedes- Benz by his friend, Mr Boon Tian Say, 59. After passing the Ikea furniture store along the TPE, Mr Ngoi suddenly asked the driver to stop because he needed to pee.
Mr Boon was reluctant to do so because it was dangerous but Mr Ngoi grabbed his neck from behind in a headlock while repeatedly shouting the phrase pangjio, or urinate in Hokkien.
A fearful Mr Boon stopped the car on the road shoulder. Mr Ngoi got out and dashed across the four- lane highway in a zig-zag manner towards oncoming traffic.
He made it to the expressway's central divider and was walking back when he was hit by two Traffic Police motorcyles in the second lane.