Engineer gets jail for hitting motorist with umbrella, fined and banned for driving without licence

Sivan K. Govindasamy attacked another engineer with an umbrella and drove without a licence.
Sivan K. Govindasamy attacked another engineer with an umbrella and drove without a licence.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A hydraulic service engineer who attacked another engineer with an umbrella was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Friday.

Sivan K. Govindasamy, 56, was also given the maximum fine of $2,000 and banned from driving for two years for driving a van along Clementi Avenue 6 when he had no Class 3 driving licence.

He admitted the two charges and had two others - hitting the front of American marine engineer Jeffrey Scott Jakey's truck and using his middle finger - taken into consideration in sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Samuel Koh said that Mr Jakey, 44, was driving his vehicle in the middle lane along Clementi Avenue 6 on the evening of June 2, 2015 when Sivan overtook the victim's truck from the left at high speed. The headlights of Sivan's van had been switched off.

But Sivan was held up behind a slower moving vehicle on the right lane. He switched back to the middle lane behind Mr Jakey, flashed his headlights and sounded his horn at the victim.

Sivan then overtook the victim from his right, and cut back into the middle lane in front of Mr Jakey. He flashed his middle finger and abruptly jammed his brakes.

Mr Jakey immediately applied his brakes, but could not stop in time, bumping into the back of the van.

Sivan, armed with an umbrella, alighted and hit Mr Jakey's truck several times with the umbrella. He then struck Mr Jakey's face with the umbrella, and caused him to suffer a bruise below his right eye and a 2cm-long cut.

DPP Koh said investigations also revealed that Sivan had no valid driving licence when the incident happened as his licence had expired.

Sivan had previous traffic-related convictions and was last fined $1,000 in December 2003 for driving without a valid licence.

He was allowed to defer his sentence until Jan 9 to settle some personal affairs.

He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt. For driving without a licence, repeat offenders could be fined or jailed for up to six months.