Man gets 14 months' jail and five-year driving ban for drug consumption and fatal accident

Ang Gim Cheong, 38, gets 14 months' jail and five-year driving ban for drug consumption and fatal accident.
Ang Gim Cheong, 38, gets 14 months' jail and five-year driving ban for drug consumption and fatal accident. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A man and his brother, father and three others, attacked a group of men at a coffee shop after a dispute over a previous incident.

Unknown to them, a patron took a video of the attack, which showed the group charging at the victims and punching and kicking them.

The man - Ang Gim Cheong, 38 - was also seen drawing out an extendable baton and using it to strike one of the victims.

The police were then alerted and both groups fled when they heard the police siren.

Ang and his co-accused were all tracked down following police investigations, but the victims could not be found.

Less than three months later, in April last year, Ang was driving a tipper truck when he negligently caused the death of a cyclist in the driveway into a construction site along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5.

On Monday (Jan 4), Ang admitted to four of six charges and was sentenced to 14 months' jail and banned from driving for five years.

The sentence included a 12-month jail term for taking the drug Ice on or before Nov 6 last year.

A district court heard the attack on the unknown group of about five to six men took place at about 6pm at a coffee shop at Block 198 Punggol Field on Feb 25 last year.

All the co-accused, including his brother, Ang Ghim Hua, 40, and father Ang Teng Hai, 61, have been dealt with for being members of an unlawful assembly to cause hurt to the victims. They have each been fined between $2,000 and $4,000.

In the road traffic accident case, the court heard that he was driving the tipper truck on April 17 the same year when he failed to keep a proper lookout while turning into the worksite and hit Mr Saad Yusof, 57, who was then cycling across the driveway.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yi Ling said Ang failed to notice Mr Saad or the impact during the collision and continued to drive forward, running over the cyclist and dragging him for a short distance before Mr Saad was dislodged from his undercarriage.

Ang came to a stop only after travelling beyond 50m from the impact site, when he was alerted of the accident. Mr Saad was pronounced dead at the scene shortly later.