Cabby who refused to help threatened passenger for reporting him

SINGAPORE - A taxi driver made five threatening calls to a passenger who had complained to his taxi company regarding his poor service, not offering to help her with the luggage.

Long Khin Kheong, 56, was fined $2,000 on Tuesday after he admitted to one charge of criminal intimidation by using a vulgarity at Ms Natalie Kinnon Arnold and saying: "You had better watch your back, I am going to stab you."

The call was made somewhere in Tampines on Aug 9 last year.

The court heard that the 40-year-old victim made an advanced taxi booking for pick-up from Asia Square mall to Changi Airport on July 31 that year.

When the victim boarded Long's taxi, she asked him to help her load her luggage into the boot but he refused.

On arrival at the airport, she asked him to help her unload her luggage and again he refused.But after the victim maintained that he should help her, he agreed to.

She complained to taxi company ComfortDelGro regarding his poor service. His contract was subsequently terminated.

Five other charges - four similar ones of criminal intimidation and another of giving false information - were considered during his sentencing.

Long's lawyer Louis Joseph said his client was remorseful and regretful for what had happened. He said the sole bread winner suffers from back pain, which was one of the reasons he did not help with the luggage.

Long could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for the offence.