The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Cabby jailed, caned for attempted robbery and harassment


A cabby hooked on gambling, went from borrowing from loan sharks to armed robbery and to harassing other debtors.

Melvin Ong Hwee Ann was sentenced on Friday to nine years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane.

A district court heard that Ong, 38, a Premier Taxi cabby, would frequent the casino at Resorts World Sentosa.

To fuel his gambling habit, he went on a borrowing spree from loan sharks. When they demanded payment, he tried to rob British housewife Karen Louise Holland at knife point in the car park of Tanglin Mall at 4.40pm on July 29 last year.