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Man who swopped seats at roadblock while banned from driving, disqualified for 12 years

Published on Aug 29, 2014 6:41 PM

SINGAPORE - A man who was at the wheel of a Mercedes E230 while under a driving ban stopped the car as it approached a police roadblock. Hirwandy Taha then swapped seats with his wife in the passenger seat, and she drove the car to the roadblock point.

However, two police officers observed the switch.

On Friday, more than a decade after the August 2003 incident, Hirwandy, now 38, was jailed 15 weeks. He was also banned from driving for 12 years. The High Court dismissed his appeal against conviction and sentence for driving while under disqualification and driving without third-party insurance coverage.

The case took more than 10 years to be tried because the couple left Singapore for Britain in September 2003 after he was charged in court. They returned here only in May 2012.

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