SINGAPORE - Television star Rui En was fined $700 on Friday (July 1) for driving without due care and attention.
The 35-year-old actress, whose full name is Lu Rui En, pleaded guilty to failing to have proper control of her BMW car which mounted a kerb and hit a parked motorcycle at the carpark near Block 331, Clementi Avenue 2, on April 12.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Shahla Iqbal said Rui En was returning home and driving along Clementi Avenue 2 at 4.16pm that day when she lost control of the car after turning right into the carpark.
The car mounted the kerb and collided head-on into 51-year-old Bahrom Sarmiten's motorcycle.
Rui En had nothing to say in mitigation.
The prosecution had sought a fine of $600 to $800 and a driving ban of three to four months.
But District Judge Carol Ling was not inclined to impose a disqualification period. She said in this case there was no personal injury caused and only slight property damage caused by Rui En's handling of the vehicle.
Rui En, who was accompanied by her manager and a friend on Friday, could have been fined up to $1,000 for the offence.
Speaking to the the media outside, Rui En said she was really relieved that she could finally put this down and let it go.
"I will bear full responsibility for my mistake, and I will be cautious not to let this thing happen again from now on," she said in English.
She apologised for having caused inconvenience to others, such as her company Hype Records, friends and her family.
"I can just say, I am very very sorry, and moving on, I really really hope to improve, and I really hope to come back better, stronger and give you guys a new Rui En," she said.
She then spoke in Mandarin and bowed before leaving in a white Honda Civic car.