PMD rider allegedly hit elderly pedestrian with belt buckle

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
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SINGAPORE — A confrontation between an e-scooter rider and an elderly pedestrian in Punggol in November last year resulted in the latter being hit on the forehead with a belt buckle, a court heard.

At the State Courts on Tuesday (11 February), the 33-year-old personal mobility device (PMD) rider Muhammad Jazli Jamal was charged with causing hurt to 72-year-old Lee Kok Siong at the walkway in front of Block 237B Punggol Place on 29 November.

Lee suffered a cut to his forehead.

In a statement on Monday, the police said the suspect had been riding on a footpath when he got into a verbal dispute with the elderly pedestrian and then used his belt buckle to hit the latter.

The case will be mentioned again on 25 February. If found guilty of the offence, Jazli can be jailed for up to two years and also fined up to $5,000.

The maximum punishment for causing hurt, before the latest amendments to the Penal Code took effect on 1 January, is two years’ jail and a $5,000 fine. The maximum penalty for the offence now is up to three years’ jail and a $5,000 fine.

More fights between PMD riders and pedestrians

In their statement, the police said there have been more arguments between e-scooter users and pedestrians, and advised both parties to keep the peace.

“Since the ban on the use of e-scooters on footpaths commencing 5 November 2019 by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the police have observed more cases of fights and harassment arising from confrontations between PMD riders and pedestrians,” the police said.

“In one case, five PMD riders who were riding on a footpath hurled vulgarities at an individual who had filmed them and also pushed him from the back, causing him to sustain minor injuries. In another case, a PMD rider was riding on a footpath and rang his bell for a pedestrian to give way. The pedestrian did not do so, and punched the rider after he was stopped from recording a video of the rider,” the police added.

Advising both pedestrians and e-scooters users to refrain from confrontations, the police also reminded the latter to adhere to LTA regulations and not ride on unauthorised areas.

Members of the public can report errant e-scooter riders - for example those who speed, or ride recklessly or on unauthorised areas - to LTA via the MyTransport.SG mobile app. Meanwhile, those with information relating to any crime can report it to the police via the I-Witness portal at www.police.gov.sg/e-services. The police also advised those who need urgent help in an emergency to call the police hotline at 999.

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