Woman who sued PUB over manhole: How a $5 million lawsuit turned on grilling by defence

This is the 11th in The ST series by Senior Law Correspondent K.C. Vijayan on legal issues. Monday's (Dec 21) write-up underlines how in negligence cases, broadly at least, seven out of 10 cases are settled before reaching trial. Also, we look at some issues that made a difference to court cases this year and a landmark case that would make it to any potential list for 2020's case of the year.

WhiteFern's Mr K. Anparasan represented PUB's insurer in the suit brought by a woman who fell into a manhole.
WhiteFern's Mr K. Anparasan represented PUB's insurer in the suit brought by a woman who fell into a manhole.

SINGAPORE - Unrelenting cross-examination made the visible difference in a civil lawsuit involving a woman seeking $5 million from national water agency PUB over a manhole fall.

Madam Chan Hui Peng, 47, had sued PUB for negligence after falling into a manhole in Kovan Road in 2015.

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