The founder of Zouk was sentenced to one week’s jail on Wednesday (22 November) for drink driving.
Ching Ling Ka, also known as Lincoln Cheng, was also disqualified from driving for three years. The 70-year-old had pleaded guilty to one charge of drink-driving, while another similar charge was taken into consideration during his sentencing.
According to court documents, Cheng had two glasses of wine while having dinner at ION Orchard on 15 February before driving home. Along the way, he beat two red lights along Eu Tong Sen Street before crashing into a taxi driven by 71-year-old Sydney Baylon John at around midnight.
John was driving along Kreta Ayer Road and making a right turn towards Eu Tong Sen Street when Cheng crashed his car into the taxi’s left side. The impact of the crash caused the taxi to mount a kerb before hitting a metal pole.
A breathalyser test was conducted on Cheng by traffic police officers showed that the proportion of alcohol in Cheng’s breath was 43 micrograms for every 100ml of breath – 8 micrograms above the legal limit. The accident also caused an estimated $20,992,81 in damage to the taxi.
Cheng’s lawyer Kesavan Nair told the court that his client, who was offered a $15,000 bail amount, will be appealing against the sentence.
Cheng was also given permission by the court to go on a family holiday – covering Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom and Antarctica – from 24 November to 27 December.
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