53 year old Lee Chee Kiong was handed a fine of $4,000 today (11 Feb) for his role in breaking a fellow driver’s collarbone after he had struck the other driver who was older than him.
This was during their spat over a dispute while on the roads.
Lee pleaded guilty in court to disturbing public peace with fellow driver Lim Cher Boo but that charge was amended in the end to voluntarily causing hurt that turned out to be grievous hurt.
There was another charge that was taken into consideration during Lee’s sentencing as he had committed mischief by hitting the right wing mirror of Lim’s taxi.
68 year old Lim was also slapped with a fine of $1,200 for his part in the spat.
Lim had drove off after exchange of words
It was mentioned in court that Lim had actually drove off after the traffic dispute which occurred between the both of them.
They had not known each other before the dispute on 20 Jan.
While driving along Jurong West Street 93, Lim and Lee had got into a dispute and they had stopped their vehicles beside each other at a nearby signalised junction.
After a conversation exchange, Lim drove off but was pursued by Lee.
When Lim noticed Lee following and stopped his vehicle along Yunnan Drive 2, Lee followed suit and approached Lim hitting his right wing mirror first.
An argument ensued when Lim got out of the vehicle and it resulted in a fight when Lim walked up to Lee angrily and pushed him.
Lee fought back by pushing Lim to the floor and when Lim tried to get back on his feet by lunging towards Lee, Lee smacked him on his face causing him to fall again.
The whole incident was caught on camera by Lee’s dashcam.
Lim reported incident to Police
After the fight, Lim called the Police and was subsequently taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital (NTFH) where he was diagnosed by the doctor to have suffered from a collarbone fracture, abrasions over his elbow and knee, and a minor head injury.
He was given 14 days of hospitalisation leave and discharged from the hospital.
Lee compensated Lim eventually
A fine of $4,000 to $5,000 was asked for by the prosecutor to be given to Lee due to the harm he had caused to Lim.
Lee’s defense mitigated that Lee had tried to play down the issue a few times and did not intended for the matter to escalate to a fight.
He had also compensated Lim for fees incurred for his medical expenses.
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