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Shaffiq Alkhatib
Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Singapore, Crime

Cabby tips over man in wheelchair

The New Paper | Shaffiq Alkhatib | Friday, Jun 6, 2014

A former cabby, Jit Singh tipped a disabled man, Mr Ng Eng Gee out of his wheelchair. Photo illustration of Mr Ng tipped over from his wheelchair.

SINGAPORE - He forcefully tipped a disabled man out of a wheelchair after the latter informed the authorities about his parking offence.

Mr Ng Eng Gee, 51, was then left lying on the ground for about 10 minutes before police officers arrived to help him.

Former cabby Jit Singh, 60, was yesterday jailed for two weeks and ordered to pay Mr Ng $500 in compensation after pleading guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt.

Mr Ng was having breakfast at Tan Ee Keu Kopi coffee shop at Upper Aljunied Road at around 6.30am on Dec 24, 2012, when he spotted Singh's white Mercedes taxi illegally parked at the eatery's driveway and obstructing it.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Vadi PVSS said: "As a Good Samaritan, (Mr Ng) called the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to report the (incident)."

An LTA enforcement officer arrived at the scene and issued a summons on Singh's vehicle.

Singh found out that Mr Ng, who has cerebral palsy, had informed the LTA.

Mr Ng knew this too, and fearing for his safety, he phoned the police at 7.04am, saying: "A taxi driver... wants to attack me."

Singh drove off shortly after this and Mr Ng was making his way home at around 7.15am when the cabby pulled up alongside.

He got out of his vehicle and angrily rushed towards Mr Ng, who tried to get away by accelerating his motorised wheelchair.

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