Woman jailed for scratching taxi driver on the face

Lina Ivy Pah, 30, was jailed for four weeks after she pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Yung Kok Keong, 52.
Lina Ivy Pah, 30, was jailed for four weeks after she pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Yung Kok Keong, 52.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A woman, who had been drinking, scratched a taxi driver on the face several times out of frustration after repeatedly telling him to take her and her mother to their destination.

On Wednesday (June 28), Lina Ivy Pah, 30, was jailed for four weeks after she pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Yung Kok Keong, 52, by scratching him on the face, causing multiple abrasions over his upper eyelid, forehead and cheeks.

This happened along the Pan-Island Expressway at about 4.50am on Dec 15, 2015.

The court heard that Mr Yung picked up Pah and her mother from Geylang at about 4.45am that day. Pah had been drinking beer since around midnight.

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About five minutes later, while on the way towards the destination, Pah and her mother told the victim several times that they were headed to Lorong 5, Toa Payoh. He acknowledged each time.

But Pah got frustrated and started to scratch Mr Yung several times on his face while he was still driving along the expressway.

He lodged a police report the same day. He was found to have suffered multiple abrasions over his upper eyelid, forehead and cheeks and was given two days' outpatient leave.

A second charge of misappropriating a wallet in a female toilet at Suntec Tower 3 was taken into consideration during her sentencing.

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