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Angered by a comment a cabby made after running over his friend's dog, hawker Koh Seng Hong punched him twice in the face. On Monday, 51-year-old Koh was jailed eight months by a district court over the incident -- which took place on February 8.
SINGAPORE: Angered by a comment a cabby made after running over his friend's dog, hawker Koh Seng Hong punched him twice in the face.
On Monday, 51-year-old Koh was jailed eight months by a district court over the incident -- which took place on February 8.
The court heard that Koh, his friend Toh Meng Teck, and Toh's girlfriend had been drinking at a coffee-shop in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 around 11pm. They were accompanied by Toh's pet Chihuahua.
Around 1am, they left to go home.
Around that time, 67-year-old taxi driver Ling Ah Yen, was ferrying passengers along Ang Mo Kio Street 12.
At a road crossing, Toh raised his hand to indicate that he was crossing the road. Mr Ling slowed down his taxi and allowed Toh to cross the road, but did not see the dog, and ran over it.
Witnesses said the dog, which was not leashed, had run under the taxi. As a result, the dog died.
Mr Ling stopped the taxi immediately, and Toh began shouting vulgarities at him.
Koh, who was nearby, heard his friend's shouts and came to the scene.
When Mr Ling got out of the taxi, he commented in Hokkien that "it was just a dog". This angered Koh who used his hand to push Mr Ling's head and then delivered two punches to his face, causing him to fall to the ground.
According to a medical report, Koh's blows resulted in Mr Ling suffering multiple fractures to his head.
In mitigation, Koh's lawyer, S S Dhillon, told the court that his client had acted on the spur of a moment, because of the cabby's reaction following the dog's death. "A dog may not mean anything to the taxi driver, but it meant a lot to the accused," he said, adding that Koh was sorry for what he had done.
However, the Assistant Public Prosecutor argued that it was unfair to say Mr Ling caused the death of the dog, as there was no evidence that he drove fast or in a rash manner.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo said there were aggravating factors in this case, in that the victim was elderly and his injuries were severe.
She added that the owner of the dog had contributed to its demise by not leashing the animal, and that Koh should have taken into consideration that its death was not entirely the taxi driver's fault.
"While the accused is an animal lover, it doesn't mean he can assault an elderly victim, his reaction far outweighed the circumstances that caused the dog's death," she noted.
Toh, the dog's owner, was given a stern warning, after he admitted to kicking Mr Ling.
For voluntarily causing grievous hurt, Koh could have been jailed up to 10 years, and fined or caned.