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British tourist jailed for fighting, assault, and uttering racial slurs

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:15 PM

A British tourist is having a taste of prison life in Singapore after committing various offences here when he got drunk. Rory Lee Hipgrave, 28, was sentenced to six weeks in jail and a $3,000 fine on Thursday for injuring a bartender, uttering racial slurs, fighting with bar employees and assaulting a police officer.

It all started after he became drunk at The Vault, a bar along South Bridge Road, on Sept 15 last year. At 2.40am, he was told by the bar staff that he could not pay with his credit card because of technical problems.

Hipgrave, who works as an asbestos remover for ships, grew aggressive and hurled racial slurs at Derek Lin Da Quan, 27, the bar's assistant manager. He then went to the bar counter and started throwing glasses. One hit bartender Cheng Chung Yin, 24, on the head while another struck his ribs.

A brawl then ensued between Hipgrave, Cheng and Lin, which only ended when police arrived. But Hipgrave was not done. He charged at Sergeant Shahidah Hamid and she had to subdue him with her taser.

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