SINGAPORE — A van driver who was annoyed with a parking warden slapped the latter’s motorcycle helmet with so much force that its visor detached and fell off.
The victim also had a bruise on his face.
At the State Courts on Monday (21 October), the perpetrator, Muhammad Abdul Raafiq Mohd Fazil, 30, was jailed for four weeks for the assault.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of causing hurt to a public servant in the discharge of his duty.
On 15 November last year, the 33-year-old victim was performing parking enforcement duties at the loading and unloading bay of JCube shopping mall in Jurong East.
The victim saw Abdul Raafiq’s van waiting along the double yellow lines before the loading and unloading bay and told Abdul Raafiq to move his vehicle away. The double yellow lines indicate no parking on the spot.
Abdul Raafiq then drove to the entrance of the loading bay.
The victim, who worked for Certis Cisco, went up to Abdul Raafiq and advised him to move his vehicle again.
“The accused was agitated and alighted from his vehicle and slapped the victim on his helmet, causing hurt to the victim,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yong Ngee.
“The force of the slap also caused the helmet’s visor to detach and fall onto the ground,” added the prosecutor.
The victim had a bruise on his face and a minor abrasion on his lower lip. He was given three days of medical leave.
For causing hurt the to deter a public servant in his duty, Abdul Raafiq could have been jailed for a maximum of seven years along with a fine and caning.
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