Sales exec jailed for punching taxi driver inside cab

James Lek Yong Sheng, 26, had admitted to hurting ComfortDelGro driver Albert Sim Ee Meng, 49, inside his cab.
James Lek Yong Sheng, 26, had admitted to hurting ComfortDelGro driver Albert Sim Ee Meng, 49, inside his cab. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A motorist who punched a taxi driver a few times on the head in a road rage incident was jailed for four weeks on Tuesday (May 10).

James Lek Yong Sheng, 26, had admitted to hurting ComfortDelGro driver Albert Sim Ee Meng, 49, inside his cab along Woodlands Street 11 at about 2.15am on Oct 16 last year.

The court heard that Lek, a sales executive, had gone to Neverland disco for some drinks the night before and had left at about 2am.

He was driving along Woodlands Avenue 3 and was about to make a right turn when Mr Sim's taxi tried to cut into his lane.

He sounded his horn at Mr Sim twice and sped forward so that the taxi could not cut into his lane.

As he drove past the taxi, he made a rude gesture at the driver.

Both vehicles stopped at the traffic light junction. Mr Sim wound down his window and asked what Lek was gesturing about. Lek got out of his car and swore at Mr Sim, who drove off when the traffic light turned green.

Lek then got into his car and chased after the taxi.

Subsequently, Mr Sim stopped his taxi to allow his passenger to alight along Woodlands Street 11.

Lek also stopped his car, alighted and boarded Mr Sim's taxi. He then punched the cabby a few times on the left side of his head.

Mr Sim drove to Woodlands East Neighbourhood Police Centre, as Lek continued to punch him on the back of his head.

Lek was arrested at the NPC.

Mr Sim, who suffered a mild bruise on his left ear lobe, was given six days of medical leave.

Lek, who has two young children, has paid Mr Sim $358 for his medical fees. He told the court he was remorseful, and that his emotions were unstable at the time as he was no longer with his wife.

District Judge Kessler Soh told Lek that he hoped he had learnt his lesson, and urged him to exercise more restraint in the future.

Lek could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.