Ferrari driver gets 2 more weeks' jail for 3 other offences

Shi Ka Yee received another fortnight of jail time for three offences committed between 2015 and last year. Her offences include obstructing Orchard Road in a road-rage row and trapping a tree pruner high on a crane in an argument with her neighbour.
Shi Ka Yee received another fortnight of jail time for three offences committed between 2015 and last year. Her offences include obstructing Orchard Road in a road-rage row and trapping a tree pruner high on a crane in an argument with her neighbour.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

73-year-old faces total of 6 weeks behind bars; judge calls her behaviour 'belligerent'

An elderly woman infamous for causing a fuss with her Ferrari is now facing life in the slow lane.

Shi Ka Yee, 73, has been sentenced to a total of six weeks' jail for a string of offences, ranging from obstructing Orchard Road in a road-rage row, to trapping a tree pruner high on a crane in an argument with her neighbour.

In a hearing yesterday, District Judge Lim Tse Haw told Shi she could not "behave in such a belligerent manner over such trivial matters".

In March this year, Shi was sentenced to four weeks in prison for punching a motorist after he refused to let her car pass in 2014, and in court yesterday, she received another fortnight for three offences committed between 2015 and last year.

Shi, who used to own a design and architecture company, was also fined $4,500, and disqualified from driving for 20 months.

In 2015, Shi left a tree pruner high up on a crane above her garden after taking the keys to it, in a row about a tree with her next-door neighbour.

RESPECT FOR THE LAW

Singapore is a country governed by rule of law. The court has to send a loud and clear message that you cannot take the law into your own hands.

DISTRICT JUDGE LIM TSE HAW

The following year, she stopped her car in the middle of Orchard Road after another motorist complained she was driving too slowly.

Last year, she was arrested for drink-driving after ignoring a police officer's repeated advice to not get behind the wheel.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Kok Weng called for Shi to be fined and given a short jail term for the offences she committed in these three incidents.

But defence counsel N. Sreenivasan called for a lighter sentence, saying that Shi had no criminal record prior to 2014 and had also been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, which was an important underlying factor for her offences.

 

However, District Judge Lim found her condition did not cause or significantly contribute to her offences, and pointed out that her culpability in the tree pruning and road obstruction incidents was high.

"Singapore is a country governed by rule of law. The court has to send a loud and clear message that you cannot take the law into your own hands," he said.

Shi is currently out on bail and will report back to court on Oct 25 to commence her sentence.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2018, with the headline 'Ferrari driver gets 2 more weeks' jail for 3 other offences'. Print Edition | Subscribe