Short detention order being considered for e-scooter rider who injured pedestrian

Madam Ang Liu Kiow (above) was left in a coma for a month after she was hit by e-scooter rider Nicholas Ting Nai Jie (left) in 2016. The 18-year-old, who was riding in a negligent manner on a footpath in Pasir Ris, had his sentencing deferred to July
Madam Ang Liu Kiow was left in a coma for a month after she was hit by e-scooter rider Nicholas Ting Nai Jie (above) in 2016. The 18-year-old, who was riding in a negligent manner on a footpath in Pasir Ris, had his sentencing deferred to July 17 after the judge called for a report to assess his suitability for a community service order.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Madam Ang Liu Kiow (above) was left in a coma for a month after she was hit by e-scooter rider Nicholas Ting Nai Jie (left) in 2016. The 18-year-old, who was riding in a negligent manner on a footpath in Pasir Ris, had his sentencing deferred to July
Madam Ang Liu Kiow (above) was left in a coma for a month after she was hit by e-scooter rider Nicholas Ting Nai Jie in 2016. The 18-year-old, who was riding in a negligent manner on a footpath in Pasir Ris, had his sentencing deferred to July 17 after the judge called for a report to assess his suitability for a community service order.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Sentencing deferred for teen who caused grievous hurt to woman

A district judge said yesterday that a short detention order would be a suitable sentence for an electric scooter rider who hit a pedestrian, causing her severe brain injuries.

However, District Judge Eddy Tham deferred the sentencing of 18-year-old Nicholas Ting Nai Jie to July 17 after he called for a report to assess the teenager's suitability for a community service order.

If given a short detention order, the polytechnic student will have to serve a brief stint of up to two weeks behind bars but will not have a criminal record after he is released.

Offenders given a community service order have to perform supervised community service for a given period of time.

The teenager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to causing grievous hurt to housewife Ang Liu Kiow while riding his e-scooter in a negligent manner on a footpath in Pasir Ris Drive 1 on Sept 17, 2016.

The 55-year-old mother of three was left in a coma for a month.

Her husband told The Straits Times in a subsequent interview that his wife could no longer remember the past or express herself properly.

On the day of the incident, Ting had his girlfriend with him when they made their way to Pasir Ris East Community Club - ignoring the warning in the e-scooter's instruction manual against riding with a pillion rider.

Ting had not been keeping a proper lookout and was travelling at about 15kmh, failing to slow down or sound his horn even though pedestrians were in the vicinity, the court heard.

When Madam Ang stepped onto the footpath in front of a bus stop, Ting applied the brakes but it was too late.

The e-scooter knocked into the housewife and she hit her head on the ground.

An ambulance took her to Changi General Hospital, where she was found to be bleeding in her brain.

Ting's lawyer, Mr Peter Keith Fernando, told the court yesterday that his client is remorseful and hopes Madam Ang's condition will improve.

Mr Fernando added: "Our Government should take a serious view of the dangers caused by irresponsible PMD (personal mobility device) users and the injuries that may result, as this case amply demonstrates.

"As a longstanding member of our criminal justice system, I respectfully recommend to our Government a total ban on the use of PMDs on our roads and pavements."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Short detention order being considered for e-scooter rider'. Print Edition | Subscribe