SINGAPORE — A man who drove into a vehicle used by two Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers while trying to escape arrest was jailed three years and fined $1,500 on Wednesday (23 June).
Muhammad Nabilah Yusoff, 29, also used his motorcycle helmet to shove a CNB officer from a ledge, which caused the officer's hip to fracture.
Nabilah had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to a public servant and one count of affray. One count of committing a negligent act that endangered the safety of the two officers in the car and one count of possession of an offensive weapon were taken into consideration for his sentencing.
The prosecution had sought at least 42 months' jail and a fine of at least $1,500, citing the moderate harm caused to the injured CNB officer, and how Nabilah had attempted to flee even as the same officer held onto his leg.
At an earlier hearing, Nabilah told the court that he had one daughter and would be law-abiding after his release from prison.
During an operation around noon on 21 May last year, five plain clothes CNB officers observed a black car in the vicinity of Block 667A Woodlands Ring Road. The car was parked beside a ledge next to a slope.
At about 1.50pm, as Nabilah and a male companion walked towards the car, a CNB officer approached them. The two men then got into their car, with Nabilah taking the driver’s seat and turning on the engine.
Two officers blocked off their escape by driving their CNB vehicle in front of the car, but Nabilah still drove into the other vehicle in an attempt to escape. The suspects' car was unable to leave the scene.
While the male companion was arrested, Nabilah climbed to the car's rear seat intending to escape through a window that the CNB officers had smashed open. One of the CNB officers who was squatting on a ledge beside the door ordered Nabilah to stay in the vehicle but the latter used his motorcycle helmet to shove the officer, who fell one metre and landed on his hip.
The officer said he felt a sharp pain in his right thigh area upon landing. Nabilah and the officer struggled with each other and rolled down the slope, with the officer grabbing hold of Nabilah's leg as he tried to run away.
Three other CNB officers then pinned Nabilah to the ground. Eight calls to the police were made by members of the public in relation to the incident.
The injured officer was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hip or femur fracture. He was given a total of 54 days of hospitalisation leave.
Nabilah was committed to a drug rehabilitation centre for a year on 28 May last year for consumption of methamphetamine after his urine sample tested positive for the drug.
Separately, Nabilah confronted his employer’s husband over a staring incident at the latter’s pancake stall at Tanjong Katong Complex. He ended up exchanging punches with the man’s brother at a grass patch nearby.
When another man joined the fight and brandished a knife, the group dispersed and Nabilah was arrested.
For voluntarily causing grievous hurt to a public servant, Nabilah could have been jailed up to 15 years, as well as fined or caned. For affray, he could have been jailed up to a year, fined up to $5,000, or both.
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