Public Prosecutor v Kasmijan bin Kimin

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeKhoo Oon Soo
Judgment Date21 September 1992
Neutral Citation[1992] SGDC 2
Citation[1992] SGDC 2
Published date11 April 2013

The defendant was one of the four who were tried before me for the offence under Section 64 (1) of the Road Traffic Act Chapter 276. This offence is commonly described as "hell riding". The charge (P1A) against the defendant (the appellant herein) was this:-

You, Kasmijan Bin Kimin, M/29 NRIC No: [xxx]

are charged that you, on the 20th day of January 1991 at about 1.35 an along Selegie Road towards Serangoon Road, Singapore, did ride motor cycle no: FH 8636 A in a manner which was dangerous to the public having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, conditions and use of the road and the amount of traffic which was actually at the time, or which might reasonably be expected to be on the road, to wit, by riding at a fast speed together with three other motor cycles FH 6965 M, FG 8345 U and FH 3213 U, you were seen weaving in and out of moderate moving traffic, and switching lanes by cutting into the path of each other without any signal, thereby causing yourselves and others vehicles to apply brakes and swerve to avoid a collision. Upon reaching the left bend along Selegie Road, you were also seen negotiating the bend at a fast speed close to one another at a very low angle and almost grazed each other. Thereafter, you continued to ride at a fast speed, overtaking each other in order to gain the lead, and exchanging lead on several occasions at the speed of about 95 to 100 kmph which was in excess of the authorised speed limit of 50 kmph of the road, and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 64 (1) of the Road Traffic Act, Chapter 276.

At the end of the trial the sentences against all four defendants were as follows:-

1) Kasmijan bin Kimin (B1) - 4 weeks imprisonment and disqualified from all classes for 5 years.

2) Zaini bin Mohd Noor (B2) - 4 weeks imprisonment and disqualified from all classes for 5 years.

3) Abrahim bin Salleh (B3) - 2 weeks imprisonment and disqualified from all classes for 3 years.

4) Jufri bin Din (B4) - 2 weeks imprisonment and disqualified from all classes for 3 years.

The defendant Kasmijan alone is dissatisfied with the sentence of the court and has lodged this appeal. Stay of sentence and disqualification was granted pending the outcome of this appeal. Though only one appeal has been lodged, it would be more convenient to give a complete Grounds of Decision to include my decision on the other three defendants.

Prosecution Case

There were only three witnesses for the prosecution. They were the arresting officers, namely, Corporal Mohd Nasir Osman (PW1), Corporal Hanafi Maharan (PW2), and Mohd Salleh (PW3). The last witness has since left the Police Force.

The evidence from all three arresting officers were substantially similar.

On 19th January 1991 the three Traffic Police Officers led by Corporal Nasir were on anti "hell riding" operation. They were on duty from 10 pm that night to 7 am the following day. On 20 January about 1.35 am, they were patrolling along Stamford Road towards the direction of Orchard Road when they saw four motor cyclists stopping at the red light at the junction of Dhoby Ghaut and Orchard Road. This was the point marked X1 in the sketch map tendered by the prosecution (P5). At this point of time the traffic police officers were about 5 to 6 car lengths behind the four motor cyclists.

When the light turned green the said four motor cyclists sped off at a fast speed towards the direction of Selegie Road.

Corporal Nasir and...

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