Rider head-butts man while wearing helmet

Rider head-butts man while wearing helmet
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It's bad enough getting involved in a road rage incident.

Muhammad Fuad Kamroden, 32, was involved in two cases in less than a year.

Yesterday, the taxi driver was jailed for seven weeks for voluntarily causing hurt to two people.

On Oct 12, 2014, Fuad was riding his motorcycle with a pillion along Orchard Turn at about 2.30pm when a car almost collided into them.

He made rude gestures at the driver, Ms Hong Boon Hiang, 48, and her husband, Mr Tok Soon Min, 39, who sat in the front seat.

Fuad tailed Ms Hong's car to the driveway of Ngee Ann City, stopped his motorbike in front of the car - diagonally on the road - then got off and walked towards it.

Mr Tok also alighted and approached Fuad.

Fuad head-butted Mr Tok's face with his helmet and repeatedly punched his body.

As Mr Tok fell, Fuad stepped on his body several times.

Ms Hong rushed out of her car and pulled her Faud away with the help of passers-by.

Fuad then escaped on his bike.

Mr Tok suffered abrasions and tenderness on his forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and chest.

Fuad was arrested and released on bail, but he hurt another road user 11 months later.

On Sept 6 last year, he was driving a taxi and turning into Handy Road, just outside The Cathay mall, when a car swerved in front of his taxi, resulting in a near-miss.

This sparked an exchange of rude gestures between Fuad and the driver, Mr Tang Siew Chong, 54.

Fuad drove to the Plaza Singapura shopping mall carpark and parked his taxi.

Mr Tang appeared beside it, knocked on the window and demanded Fuad to come out.

Fuad alighted and filmed Mr Tang with his mobile phone.

Mr Tang pushed the phone away and it hit Fuad's face.

Fuad punched Mr Tang's face several times.

Mr Tang punched him back several more times before the fight was stopped by a security officer.

Mr Tang was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was treated for abrasions on his face and neck.

Fuad went to the same hospital for a bruise at the back of his head and tenderness on his neck.

WARNING

The New Paper understands that Mr Tang was let off with a conditional warning.

Yesterday, defence lawyer Emmanuel Lee, who was assigned by the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, said in mitigation that his client had been provoked.

He said that Fuad had lashed out only after Mr Tang had pushed the phone into his face.

But District Judge Salina Ishak questioned whether the accused's reaction was proportionate and whether he had an underlying anger management issue.

The judge also noted that Fuad had launched a deliberate and sustained assault on his first victim, Mr Tok.

For each charge of voluntarily causing hurt, Fuad could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.


This article was first published on May 20, 2016.
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