Man fined for slapping parking attendant over $1.50

Man fined for slapping parking attendant over $1.50
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Unhappy that he was asked to pay $1.50 for parking for half an hour, he slapped the woman parking attendant.

He also pushed her to the ground, leaving her with abrasions to her hands and right knee.

Yesterday, mobile phone shop owner Alan Ang, 35, was fined $5,000 for voluntarily causing hurt to Ms Gan Lu and also for dealing with second-hand mobile phones at his shop without a valid licence.

Court papers said Ang and his wife entered the Pearls Centre carpark at about 3pm on May 19 this year.

As they got back into their car about half an hour later, Ms Lu, who was the parking attendant on duty then, approached the couple and asked them to pay $1.50.

Ang alighted from his car and quarrelled with Ms Lu.

PUSHED

During the dispute, Ang slapped Ms Lu across her left cheek and pushed her to the ground.

A medical report found that Ms Lu suffered abrasions to her hands and right knee and swelling to her buttocks. She was also given two days medical leave.

Last December, police officers found second-hand mobile phones being bought and sold without a valid licence at Ang's Commonwealth Drive shop. Ang told the authorities that he did not monitor how the shop was run and left it to his employees.

Last month, Ang, who was unrepresented, said in mitigation that Ms Lu had requested $8,000 compensation, but he did not have that much money to pay her.

He added that he was remorseful and asked the court for a lenient sentence as he has five children to feed.

For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have been jailed up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.

For dealing with second-hand goods without a valid licence, he could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined up to $10,000.

rloh@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on December 10, 2015.
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