Businessmen charged in drunken cabby fight
Three businessmen who were allegedly involved in a drunken attack on two taxi drivers and two passengers in Suntec City last year were charged in a Singapore court on Thursday.
New Zealander Robert Stephen Dahlberg, 34, and Australian Nathan Robert Miller, 35, faced two charges, while Briton Robert James Springall, 24, faced three.
On the early morning of 11 April last year at Suntec City, Dahlberg, an options broker, allegedly caused hurt to businessman Laurence Wong Seong, 38, in a rash act, and grievous hurt to Paul Louis Liew Kai Ming, 26, by shoving the latter against a pillar, giving him a forehead gash and a broken nose, reported The Straits Times.
The two alleged victims had walked out of Balaclava, a pub at Suntec City, together with Wong's girlfriend, and were about to board the taxi driven by his friend, 45-year-old Tay Gek Heng, a cabbie, when Miller supposedly punched Tay in the face and jumped onto the taxi bonnet.
Separately, Springall, also an options broker, is accused of shoving taxi driver Tan Boon Kin, 57, and forcibly taking control of the taxi, driving it into a signage pole on the driveway near the Starbucks outlet on Temasek Boulevard.
Springall's case will be brought up again on 11 August, Miller's will be on 14 July and Dahlberg's will be some time late next month.
Bail for the first two has been set at $6,000 and $10,000, respectively, while Dahlberg's has been raised to $25,000 as he has been given permission to travel to London and Hong Kong from Monday until the end of this month.
A conviction for grievous hurt carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail and a fine or caning, while for causing hurt the penalty is up to two years jail, a $5,000 fine or both.