NUS law professor sentenced to four months' jail for assault on cab driver

Sundram Peter Soosay was sentenced on Friday to four months behind bars.
Sundram Peter Soosay was sentenced on Friday to four months behind bars. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - An assistant law professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), convicted of assaulting a cabby while drunk, was sentenced on Friday to four months behind bars.

Sundram Peter Soosay, 43, boarded Mr Sun Chun Hua's taxi last Christmas, intoxicated, and vomited in the cab. He then alighted near King Albert Park along Clementi Road and walked away without paying the fare.

After the 70-year-old cabby chased him and threatened to call the police, Soosay handed him a $50 note but, instead of waiting for his change, struck Mr Sun from behind, straddling him and punching his face repeatedly.

Mr Sun received multiple stitches and had to be hospitalised. His injuries left him unable to work for 17 days. In addition to his jail term, Soosay was ordered by the court to pay $1,500 in compensation to Mr Sun.