Taxi passenger charged with punching and abusing teen driver

A man was charged in court on Tuesday with punching a teen driver who had crashed into an oncoming taxi in which he was a passenger. -- ST GRAPHIC
A man was charged in court on Tuesday with punching a teen driver who had crashed into an oncoming taxi in which he was a passenger. -- ST GRAPHIC

SINGAPORE - A man was charged in court on Tuesday with punching a teen driver who had crashed into an oncoming taxi in which he was a passenger.

Briton Alan Benjamin Maybury, 33, allegedly punched polytechnic student Lum Kwok Weng, 19, in his face causing mild swelling and a small superficial cut. He is also accused of using abusive words by shouting expletives at the teen.

The accident took place at about 1.30am along South Buona Vista Road on Nov 30.

According to an earlier report, Mr Lum was driving his mother's Toyota Camry when the accident took place. Seated at the front passenger seat of the car was a schoolmate.

Lawyer Vincent Wong told the court that he was mentioning the case on behalf of Mr Suresh Damodara. A pre-trial conference date has been fixed for March 10.

Maybury's passport has been impounded.

If convicted, he could be jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for voluntarily causing hurt.

The maximum penalty for using abusive language under the Protection from Harassment Act is a $5,000 fine and six months' jail.

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