Self-employed man jailed, fined and banned from driving for offences including assault

Toh Guoxiang had pleaded guilty last month to separate charges of causing grievous hurt, driving a car without a licence and driving the vehicle without the owner's consent.
Toh Guoxiang had pleaded guilty last month to separate charges of causing grievous hurt, driving a car without a licence and driving the vehicle without the owner's consent.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE -A 26-year-old self employed man was sentenced to a year's jail, a fine of $1,200 and received a year's disqualification from driving on Friday (June 2) for assault and separately, traffic offences.

Toh Guoxiang had pleaded guilty last month to separate charges of causing grievous hurt, driving a car without a licence and driving the vehicle without the owner's consent.

The assault case involved someone Toh had met just hours earlier.

The court heard that assistant project manager Tan Chia How, 29, had gone to the Pump Room at Clarke Quay with a friend, Ms Julie Lim Yi Chen, 37, at around 11.30pm on March 4, last year.

While they were in the club, she spotted Ms Tia Lee Sun San, 24, who was with her friends. Toh was one of them.

Ms Lim invited Ms Lee's group to join them and they agreed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nicholas Lai said Mr Tan and Toh did not know each other before this incident.

Both groups left the club at around 3.30am after consuming some alcoholic drinks.

Mr Tan and Ms Lim were walking towards a taxi stand at River Valley Road when Toh suddenly attacked him. Court papers did not mention the reason behind this assault but the court heard Toh later admitted he was tipsy when he committed the offence.

When Mr Tan fell to the ground, Toh forcefully kicked his face once, causing him to bleed profusely from his mouth.

Toh's friends managed to stop the attack and Toh later took a taxi home.

Ms Lee and Ms Lim took the victim to Mount Elizabeth Hospital where he was found to have a fractured lower jaw.

He was warded from March 5 to 7 last year and was given 25 days of medical leave.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Tan said that due to his injuries, he found it painful to speak in the first month.

DPP Lai said: "It was also a challenge for him during this period to consume his meals. He had lost 6kgs as a result.

"The victim has indicated that he has become more reserved and careful of his surroundings and avoids going out to drink as he fears that the incident may happen again."

Separately, the court heard Toh drove a car without the owner's permission at around 12.20am on Oct 9, last year. The car belonged to his friend's older brother.

Toh, who did not have a valid licence, decided to drive the car after his friend momentarily left the vehicle, leaving the key in the ignition.

He was driving along a car park service road near Block 224, Jurong East Street 21 when he hit a parked car belonging to Mr Kang Soon Leong, 37.

Even though no one was injured, the accident left Mr Kang's car with damages including scratches and a dent on the front left portion.

Toh returned the car he was driving after leaving a note with his contact details on the windscreen of Mr Kang's vehicle.

Toh is now out on a bail of $8,000 as he has to settle some personal matters.

He will surrender himself in the State Courts on June 7.

For causing grievous hurt, he could have been jailed up to 10 years, and fined or caned.