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Bentley driver in Red Swastika School incident charged with rash act causing hurt

Bentley driver in Red Swastika School incident charged with rash act causing hurt

Bentley car driver Neo Hong Chye walking to the State Courts on May 11, 2022. (File photo: CNA/Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: A 61-year-old man and his son were charged on Wednesday (May 11) over their suspected involvement in an incident involving a Bentley car at Red Swastika School in January.

Neo Hong Chye was given two charges of a rash act causing hurt and driving a vehicle without insurance coverage.

He is accused of inching forward the vehicle he was in control of, causing Mr Neo Ah Whatt to sustain pain in the right knee outside the school at about 7.30am on Jan 11.

Mr Neo was offered bail of S$15,000 and will return to court for a pre-trial conference on Jun 24.

His son Glynn Neo Jia, 28, was given two charges of altering his car's licence plate number on Jan 11, and allowing his father to use the car without insurance coverage that same morning. He will also return to court next month.

The police and Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday night that the police received a report on Jan 11 at 11.40am on a case involving a car driver who was allegedly endangering the safety of a security guard at the school in Bedok North.

The car driver was arrested on the same day at about 3.35pm.

In a video that was widely circulated following the alleged incident, a white car was seen being stopped from entering Red Swastika School. The driver inched forward several times, pushing against a man standing in front of it.

A screengrab of a video circulating on social media showing the car moving forward, pushing the man in the reflective vest further back as the man in white gestures into the passenger-side window.

The police said on Jan 11 that a 62-year-old male security guard sustained minor injuries.

The offence of committing a rash act causing hurt carries a jail term of up to a year, a fine of up to S$5,000 or both.

Those found to have altered their vehicles’ licence plate number may face up to a year in jail, a fine up to S$5,000 or both. 

The offence of using or permitting the use of a vehicle without insurance carries a jail term of up to three months, a fine up to S$1,000 or both.

In addition, offenders will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of 12 months from the date of the conviction, said the police and LTA. 

Source: CNA/dv(gr)

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