SINGAPORE - An SMRT technical officer who caused grievous hurt to a driver in a road rage case was jailed for seven months on Thursday (July 28).
Abdul Hadi Abdul Sukor, 30, pleaded guilty last month to punching Mr Seah Chong Beng, 66, in the face and stamping on his right leg, causing him to suffer fractures around the eye and nose areas, on April 29 last year.
He was ordered to pay $200 compensation to Mr Seah.
The court heard that Mr Seah was driving the company lorry along Bukit Batok Road that day when Hadi, who was riding a motorcycle, honked at the lorry and overtook it from the right.
Hadi signalled to the driver, and both pulled over.
They alighted and Hadi took out his mobile phone and pointed it at Mr Seah, who raised his palm to block the camera's view.
Hadi then punched Mr Seah in the face, and the latter fell. As Mr Seah lay on the floor bleeding, Hadi stamped on his right leg multiple times. The front seat passenger stopped him from attacking the victim, who called the police.
Mr Seah was found to have fractures around his eye and nose and abrasions on his forearms.
An X-ray of his right ankle showed a small piece of bone had broken off from the front shin bone.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ee Kuan, who sought a sentence of seven to eight months, told the court that this was a vicious, unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim.
He said the victim suffered multiple fractures and has since recovered from the injuries. He was also incapacitated for two months and had to use a wheelchair or a support stick to walk.
DPP Tan said Hadi lacked remorse as he fled the scene after inflicting the injuries on the victim. He was only traced because the victim and witness had taken a photograph of his licence plate.
Hadi could have been jailed for up to 10 years, fined or caned for causing grievous hurt.