The former regional director of an international recruitment company who punched and shattered the window of a Volkswagen in a road rage incident last year has been sentenced to three weeks’ jail in Singapore.
James Palin, 33, a British recruiter who worked at Henderson Scott, is appealing his sentence and is currently out on $15,000 bail.
Palin had been riding a motorcycle when he hit the bumper of a car being driven by legal officer Chiang Pak Chien while overtaking him. Mr Chiang, 43, who was with his wife – at the time girlfriend -Valerie Tan Hsu Phen, 42, overtook Palin, who had not stopped after hitting their car.
According the reports from the Strait Times, Palin overtook Chiang again and stopped in front of the car. He then walked over to the driver’s side of the car and punched the glass, which shattered over the couple. As a result the couple both suffered cuts across their body and face.
The lawyer for Palin, Shashi Nathan, said he maintains the car bumped into his vehicle, but was apologetic for what had transpired, and had offered to pay for their medical bills and damage to the car, which was turned down.
District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim said Palin’s reaction was “excessive” and there should be a jail term. Palin could have been jailed for up to one year and fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt by doing a rash act to endanger the personal safety of others.
He is appealing the three week sentence.