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Food delivery rider gets 6 weeks' jail, fine for smashing taxi ferrying passengers including toddler

SINGAPORE — A 31-year-old motorcyclist who was caught on a viral video striking a CityCab taxi in Chua Chu Kang in a fit of rage was sentenced to six weeks’ jail and a S$2,000 fine on Friday (Nov 11).

Joel Tan Qing Wei, 31, used his motorcycle helmet to hit a taxi, resulting in damages to the vehicle. He was sentenced to six weeks' jail and given a S$2,000 fine on Nov 11.

Joel Tan Qing Wei, 31, used his motorcycle helmet to hit a taxi, resulting in damages to the vehicle. He was sentenced to six weeks' jail and given a S$2,000 fine on Nov 11.

SINGAPORE — A 31-year-old motorcyclist who was caught on a viral video striking a CityCab taxi in Chua Chu Kang in a fit of rage was sentenced to six weeks’ jail and a S$2,000 fine on Friday (Nov 11).

Joel Tan Qing Wei, who was working as a GrabFood delivery rider at the time, pleaded guilty to one count of using abusive words causing distress and another of mischief. Two other similar charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.

The court heard that the 55-year-old taxi driver, Mr Ng Lian Hee, had been ferrying a couple and their 18-month-old child on Oct 10 last year when he encountered Tan on a motorcycle at a roundabout at Keat Hong Close.

Tan was moving very slowly at the roundabout in a “zig-zag manner”, so Mr Ng sounded his horn and drove past him, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan Pei Wei said.

At this point, Tan shouted a Hokkien expletive at Mr Ng.

Mr Ng then turned into a car park leading towards Block 804B Keat Hong Close and into the rubbish bin centre, with the intention of reversing out.

After checking that there was no one behind his taxi, he started reversing out but heard a bang and realised he had collided with Tan’s motorcycle. Tan had followed the taxi to confront Mr Ng.

Tan then shifted the motorcycle to the side and laid it on the ground before approaching the taxi.

He circled it, repeatedly shouting for Mr Ng to come out of the car, while slamming his hand on the windows and trying to pull open its doors.

Tan continued shouting vulgarities at Mr Ng. He then tore off the taxi’s rear windscreen wiper and threw it at the rear windscreen, causing the glass to shatter.

He also struck the taxi in multiple spots with his motorcycle helmet, including smashing both the side windows and hurling the helmet at the side of the taxi.

The incident lasted more than four minutes. Tan's actions were captured on Mr Ng’s dashboard camera, as well as in videos recorded by the passengers in the car and a resident of the housing block. Some of the footage was spliced together and uploaded to the SG Road Vigilante Facebook group.

At least six persons called the police over this incident, including one of the passengers in the taxi.

Tan left the scene on his motorcycle before the police arrived. He was arrested on Oct 12 last year.

DPP Tan said that the accused has since repaid S$9,651.40 — the full cost of the damage to the taxi — to Mr Ng.

The prosecutor asked for six week’s jail and S$3,000 fine. 

For using abusive words with intent to cause distress, he could have been jailed up to six months or fined up to S$5,000, or both. For mischief, he could have been jailed for up to a year or fined, or both.

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