Car passenger who punched motorist jailed for three weeks

Car passenger who punched motorist jailed for three weeks

SINGAPORE - A construction firm supervisor was jailed for three weeks on Friday for punching a motorist in a road rage incident - despite being only a passenger in the car he was in.

Lionel Goh Joon Hwee, 24, sat next to his friend, Mr Vincent Lin Minsheng, who was driving, but that did not stop him from being angered when he saw a driver behind flash his lights at a junction.

The pair had stopped at a traffic light on the right lane of Compassvale Road on Dec 22 last year.

The traffic light signal was red but the arrow for right turns was green. As Mr Lin intended to travel straight, his car remained stationary at the junction.

The driver behind, Mr Tan Poh Kim, 50, who wanted to turn right, flashed his high beam several times and gestured to Mr Lin to move along. This angered both Mr Lin and Goh who got out of the car and approached the victim.

A verbal altercation ensued and Goh challenged the victim to step out of his car. As he did so, Goh pulled his shirt collar, scolded him and challenged him to a fight.

Mr Tan tried to take out his mobile phone to take a photograph of Goh's aggressive actions.

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