22-year-old National Serviceman pleads guilty to road rage

A 22-year-old National Serviceman has pleaded guilty to an act of road rage by voluntarily causing hurt to a taxi driver at around 8pm on 22 May 2009.

Citran Rathakrishnan punched 49-year-old taxi driver Quek Hiak Soon three times on along Woodlands Avenue 2.

The cabby had swerved into his lane while they were driving along Woodlands Avenue 7 that day.

The court heard Citran’s wife who was seven months’ pregnant at that time was sitting beside him in the car and he had to step on the brakes to avoid an accident.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Prem Raj also told Senior District Judge See Kee Oon that Citran had to step on the brakes two more times after this to avoid a collision with Mr Quek’s taxi.

DPP Raj told the court that Citran’s car and the taxi stopped along Woodlands Avenue 2.

Citran got out of his car, opened the driver’s door of Mr Quek’s taxi and punched the cabby.

Citran will be sentenced on August 2.

For his offence, he could be jailed up to two years, fined a maximum of S$5,000 or both.

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 20th July 2010

Employee pleaded guilty for mishandling of clinic’s fund

A customer service officer of a clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre has pleaded guilty to dishonestly misappropriating $10,000 from the company.

22-year-old Dayana Ismail from the Centre for Orthopaedics and Hip and Knee Surgery committed the offence sometime between August 2009 and April 27 this year.

In mitigation, she told District Judge Low Wee Ping that she regretted performing the act.

Dayana also asked the judge to give her some time to raise the money to repay the clinic.

He has given her one month to do so and she will appear again in court on August 24.

For committing the offence, she could be jailed for up to 15 years and fined. 

Source: Channel Newsasia, 20th July 2010

Oil Chemical company’s boss fined for death of employee

NSL OilChem Services Pte Ltd (NSL) and its general manager have been fined for failing to provide a safe workplace, resulting in the death of a worker.

In the Subordinate Courts Tuesday, NSL was fined $80,000 and its general manager, Ong Beng Tit, was fined $15,000.

The incident happened on 3 May 2007 at about 7am at a crude oil extraction plant in Tanjong Kling Road.

The worker, who was employed as a marine trade worker by Prime Project Pte Ltd, was caught in a flash fire while walking out of the pump house, which was situated beside the tank farm area.

The flash fire was caused when escaped flammable vapour from two storage tanks reached an oil lamp with a naked light on an altar near the tank farm area.

The flammable vapour had built up within the tank farm area because the surrounding metal hoarding, trees and fencing had acted as barriers to the dissipation of the flammable vapour by the wind.

The worker suffered 70 per cent second-degree burns.

He died in hospital on May 8.

Investigations by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) showed that NSL had failed to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure that the workplace was safe and without risks.

The flash point stated in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of recovered fuel oil was inconsistent with the actual properties of the contents in the two storage tanks.

The design and layout of the tanks and farm area were inadequate to allow for the safe venting of the flammable vapour.

A damaged hole on the roof top of one of the storage tanks had allowed more flammable vapour to escape from the tank to the surrounding environment.

An oil lamp with a naked light on an altar was found near the tank farm area.

MOM’s director of Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate Silas Sng said: “The flash fire could have been prevented if the company had taken the necessary safety measures, such as ensuring that there was no naked flame near the tank farm or repairing the hole on the rooftop of the tank.

“The accident was all the more regrettable that the general manager of the company failed to rectify the inadequacies despite having the opportunity to do so.”

Mr Sng said the fines meted out by the court serve to remind all stakeholders that each of them has a role and responsibility to play to ensure workplace safety and health, and to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives. 

Source: Channel Newasia, 20th July 2010

Partner of food firm faced penalty and jail terms for false claims on Singapore government tax

A partner of a food and beverage company has been sentenced to two months’ jail for making false claims of Goods and Services Tax or GST refunds amounting to S$105, 536.22.

37-seven-year-old Stienberg Tan Geok Yong must also pay a penalty of S$316,608.66 which is three times the amount of GST undercharged.

Tan, who’s the managing partner of Stienberg and Lindsey, pleaded guilty to five counts of making the fraudulent claims between April 2004 and June 2005.

On top of paying the penalty, Tan could have been sentenced to up to seven years’ jail, fined a maximum of S$10,000 or both.

Source: Channel Newsasia, 19th July 2010