Boss jailed for dumping dying worker by roadside

SINGAPORE - The employer who left his dying foreign worker by the side of the road in 2010 was jailed three months on Tuesday.

The Straits Times reported that Tay Kok Eng, 56, was also sentenced to an additional six months for hiring the same worker, who was an illegal immigrant, from August 2009 to March 2010.

Tay, the owner of Midas Maintenance and Services, also faced a $12,000 fine for failing to ensure the safety of his employee.

The worker, Chelladurai Lenin, 47, was changing the ceiling lights of a condominium lobby located at Seraya Road on Mar 30, 2010 when he met with an accident.

He fell 2.8m from an unstable ladder and sustained injuries to his head and leg.

Tay offered to send Lenin to the hospital but the latter refused as he did not have a legal work permit.

Tay drove him to a clinic in Tampines and Lenin started to lose consciousness. The doctor advised him to visit the hospital immediately.

However, Tay called Lenin's friend, whose identity is unknown, and they brought him to a clinic in Hougang instead.

At the clinic, the doctor also advised Tay to bring him to the hospital.

On the journey to Changi, Lenin's friend dumped him on the pavement and called 995.

Tay told the operator that they had found an injured man lying along Upper Changi Road East.

Paramedics arrived and found the Indian national dead.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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