E-scooter rider who missed elderly man but later punched him, fined

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SINGAPORE — An e-scooter rider who narrowly missed an elderly pedestrian later alighted from his personal mobility device and assaulted the old man.

Lim Kim Joo, 55, was fined $4,500 on Tuesday (23 July) on one count of voluntarily causing hurt to 69-year-old Edwin Yap Hock Seng after encountering the pedestrian along Yishun Ring Road.

Lim was riding his e-scooter along the pavement at 10.25pm on 13 November last year when he narrowly missed Yap, who was walking in the opposite direction. Lim scolded Yap but the elderly man ignored him and continued on his way home.

As Yap passed by a lift lobby, Lim caught up and confronted him. He pushed Yap on the chest, causing the man to stumble backwards and knock his right elbow against a letterbox.

He then punched Yap on the nose.

Lim continued to hurl vulgarities at Yap, challenging him to call the police. Yap called the police.

When Yap visited a clinic on 5 December, the doctor noticed mild swelling over his nose bridge.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ben Mathias sought a $5,000 fine, arguing that Lim had punched a vulnerable victim and had acted with deliberateness by confronting Yap.

For voluntarily causing hurt, Lim could have been jailed up to two years and/or fined $5,000.

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