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Probation for ex-food deliveryman who rode e-scooter in mall, crashed into toddler

SINGAPORE — A former part-time food deliveryman was sentenced to 12 months’ probation on Thursday (July 25) for colliding into a toddler when riding his electric scooter through a crowded Serangoon shopping mall.

Neo Jia Ming was sentenced to 12 months' probation and has to perform 80 hours of community service and undergo psychiatric treatment, for colliding into a toddler when riding his electric scooter through Nex shopping mall.

Neo Jia Ming was sentenced to 12 months' probation and has to perform 80 hours of community service and undergo psychiatric treatment, for colliding into a toddler when riding his electric scooter through Nex shopping mall.

SINGAPORE — A former part-time food deliveryman was sentenced to 12 months’ probation on Thursday (July 25) for colliding into a toddler when riding his electric scooter through a crowded Serangoon shopping mall.

Neo Jia Ming, 20, also has to perform 80 hours of community service and undergo psychiatric treatment. It was not stated in court what condition he has.

His mother and uncle executed a bond of S$5,000 to ensure his good behaviour, and he is also required to undergo psychological treatment or counselling if necessary.

Neo told the court that he will begin working as a warehouse assistant next week.

District Judge May Mesenas asked him to consider also taking up a skill that he is interested in.

Neo pleaded guilty last month to endangering the safety of a three-year-old child on March 18 this year, on the fourth floor of the Nex shopping mall. 

A video of the incident was played in court, showing the corridor packed with people. But Neo, who was serving his National Service then and working part-time for Deliveroo, rode his e-scooter through the corridor.

As he approached a gift shop, the toddler walked out of the shop towards his mother who was waiting outside. The boy had been in the shop with his father. 

Neo crashed into the toddler, his e-scooter hitting the boy on the forehead. The impact caused the toddler to fall backwards and hit his head against the floor.

The boy ended up sustaining a bruise on his forehead.

Neo then got off his e-scooter and gave his name to the boy’s parents, before leaving the scene to complete a delivery.

The boy’s mother informed the mall’s security and lodged a police report after that.

Causing hurt by a rash act that endangers the personal safety of others carries a maximum jail term of one year, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.

Meanwhile, probation is usually offered to first-time offenders between 16 and 21 years old. It does not stand as a criminal conviction on record and allows young offenders to continue with their education or employment while serving their sentence.

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