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Man jailed for driving car into fellow deliveryman, causing fall and wrist fracture

SINGAPORE — When a motorcyclist wanted food deliveryman Kong Tong Ngok to move his car away from the roadside, Kong refused because he thought that the food he was meant to collect for delivery would be ready soon.

Kong Tong Ngok seen outside the State Courts on Jan 27, 2022.

Kong Tong Ngok seen outside the State Courts on Jan 27, 2022.

  • Food deliveryman Kong Tong Ngok was waiting in his car at the roadside to collect a food order
  • A fellow deliveryman asked him to move his car and not to obstruct the road
  • Kong refused and the other man tried to take a photo of his car
  • Kong then drove forward and collided with him
  • He was jailed four weeks and banned from driving all classes of vehicles for 18 months

SINGAPORE — When a motorcyclist wanted food deliveryman Kong Tong Ngok to move his car away from the roadside, Kong refused because he thought that the food he was meant to collect for delivery would be ready soon.

Kong then thought that the rider was taking a photo of his car to send to the Traffic Police, which would result in a summons and fine.

He drove his car forward and collided with the rider, who fell and fractured his right wrist after landing on it.

For what he did, Kong, 64, was on Thursday (Jan 27) jailed four weeks and banned from driving all classes of vehicles for 18 months. He began serving his sentence immediately.

The former food deliveryman pleaded guilty to one charge of causing grievous hurt to Mr Mohd Ali AS Shahul, 58, by a rash act.

Mr Ali, who was also a delivery driver at the time, was riding along Kadayanallur Street in Tanjong Pagar around noon on June 9, 2020, when he noticed that the street was clogged with traffic.

The congestion was due to several cars parked at the side of the road.

Mr Ali then saw that the opposite lane was clear, except for Kong's stationary car. He alighted from his motorbike and approached Kong with the intention of asking him to move forward and not block the road.

Kong, who parked there to collect food for delivery, did not wind down his driver’s side window and continued to ignore Mr Ali when the latter gestured at him to drive off from the spot.

Mr Ali then walked to the front of the car and took out his mobile phone to take a photo. Before he could do so, Kong drove forward.

Mr Ali extended his hand towards the car bonnet to protect himself, but Kong continued moving forward and collided with him. Mr Ali fell to the ground from the impact.

A Certis Cisco security officer who was stationed at the nearby Central Provident Fund Maxwell Service Centre called the police.

Mr Ali went to the Singapore General Hospital for medical treatment, where an X-ray showed a wrist fracture. He was given 14 days of hospitalisation leave and a follow-up appointment at the hospital.

When District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam asked if Mr Ali had made a full recovery, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Yohanes Ng said that the prosecution had not checked on this.

DPP Ng, who sought three to four weeks’ jail, also said that Kong was given two compounded fines for other traffic offences in 2020 — S$400 for beating a red light in February that year and S$200 for speeding in July that year.

In mitigation, Kong’s lawyer Tang Gee Ni said that his client thought Mr Ali would be sending the photo of his car to the Traffic Police.

Mr Tang added: “The accused decided to drive off, not wanting to get a summons and pay a fine, which he could ill-afford. He drove off very slowly, thinking the victim would step away. It was apparent that his judgement was erroneous.

“To the best of the accused’s belief, the contact between his vehicle and the victim was slight or minimal.”

The lawyer added that Kong had also apologised to Mr Ali in his police statements and said that he was “sorry for any mistake I made”, which was an early indication of his remorse.

Mr Tang noted that Kong’s wife initiated divorce proceedings last year and Kong was unable to work because of his ill health. This included epileptic seizures and frequent fainting spells.

In sentencing Kong, District Judge Ponnampalam said that it was fortuitous that Mr Ali did not sustain more serious injuries.

“There was absolutely no excuse for you to drive forward when he was in the path of your car,” the judge added. Kong then replied: “Yes, Your Honour, I’m sorry.”

For causing grievous hurt by a rash act, he could have been jailed for up to four years or fined up to S$10,000, or punished with both.

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