25-year-old man jailed for attacking taxi driver, fight with security guard

25-year-old man jailed for attacking taxi driver, fight with security guard

TheMerlionPost·2018-01-03 02:40

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A drunk 25-year-old man by the name of Kester Tay Jun Wen was sentenced to six weeks’ jail for punching a taxi driver by the name of Mr Lee Nyen, 63, several times in the head at Edgefield Walk on 19 March 2017.

The dispute had sparked off when Tay gave a $5 note instead of a $50 note to the taxi driver when the fare amounted to $35.50.

In addition, Tay was given another two weeks’ jail sentence for having exchanged punches with a security guard at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall on 6 March 2017.

Mr Lee had dropped off Tay’s friend at Bedok South Rd and proceeded to drive Tay to Punggol. Upon arrival at the destination at Blk 621A Edgefield Walk, Mr Lee said that the cab fare was $35.50. Tay handed over a $5 note to the taxi driver, who returned it saying that it wasn’t enough.

Both men got out of the taxi and Mr Lee tried to stop Tay from leaving. Tay shouted at Mr Lee, saying that he had paid him. A resident who heard the commotion came to assist the victim, and Tay had left the scene by then.

Tay, who had undergone reformative training for unlicensed moneylending harassment, could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined $5,000 for causing hurt. For engaging in a public fight, the maximum punishment is a one-year jail term and a $5,000 fine.

(Image Credit: Yahoo News Singapore, Google Maps)

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