Managing director of law firm fined $2,500 for scratching man’s car with key

Ian Chang. (SCREENCAP: averexlaw.com)

SINGAPORE — The managing director of a law firm was fined $2,500 on Friday (19 July) after he admitted to using a key to scratch a man’s car.

Ian Chang Yen Ping, a 49-year-old Singaporean, who is managing director of Averex Law Corporation, pleaded guilty to one charge of committing mischief at a carpark on 31 July last year.

The court heard that the complainant, Ye Yuzhi, a 24-year-old Singaporean, had parked his car to visit his parents who were living at a condominium. After several hours, Ye returned to his car and found three scratches on the side of his car door.

Ye reviewed the footage of his in-car camera and discovered Chang walking in front of his car and then walking away from the camera’s view. Three distinct sounds similar to a key scratching a car door can be heard. Chang was then seen walking in front of Ye’s car again before leaving the scene.

The next day, Ye filed a police report at the Marine Parade Neighbourhood Police Centre.

Chang was later interviewed by the police and he admitted to the offence. No reason for Chang’s action was mentioned in court documents.

On 1 November 2018, both Chang and Ye attended court mediation where Chang agreed to compensate Ye the amount of $3,350 for the damage to the car.

Chang could have been jailed up to one year or fined or both for his offence.

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