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Company director pleads guilty to offering $1,000 bribe to SCDF fire-fighter

Published on Feb 11, 2014 3:34 PM
Goh Choon Hee, 50, is seen leaving the Subordinate Court on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. Goh admitted to offering an SCDF fire-fighter a $1,000 bribe not to report him for a traffic offence. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Goh Choon Hee, 50, was drink-driving when his Honda Civic car slammed into a taxi at the junction of Upper Serangoon Road and Hougang Avenue 2 on June 20 last year.

Sergeant Samuel Anandaraj Anthonyraj of the Singapore Civil Defence Force happened to be at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 10pm, and came to render assistance. Realising that police would be arriving soon, Goh tried to bribe the fire-fighter to let him settle the matter with the cabby privately. He was turned down and on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to offering $1,000 to induce Sgt Samuel, 28, not to report him for a traffic offence.

Goh, the sole proprietor of Home Maintenance Service - a firm in the business of apartment rental - will be sentenced on Wednesday. The company director is out on bail of $10,000.

Asking for a jail term of at least three months, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jiang Ke-Yue said that Goh had even "lobbied" for cabby Loy Chee Kah, 60, to participate in the cover-up of the accident.

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