Public Prosecutor v Han Lee Kwang

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeJoseph Yeo
Judgment Date10 November 2008
Neutral Citation[2008] SGDC 330
Citation[2008] SGDC 330
Publication Date12 February 2009
Plaintiff CounselJoanna Lee May Lin (PO)
Defendant CounselAccused in person

10 November 2008

District Judge Joseph Yeo:

1. The accused was charged under Rule 24(2) of the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Rules for failing to keep taxi register book up to date.

2. The accused admitted that he had committed the offence in question but stated that he wanted to pay as a fine, only the amount of the composition that had been offered to him. When it was pointed out to the accused that the time for composition had elapsed and that he would now have to pay the court fine, the accused became belligerent and insisted that he should be entitled to pay only the same amount as the composition fine.

3. The accused was then informed that the fine would only be determined if he pleaded guilty and he was asked to either claim trail or plead guilty. Given that choice, the accused chose to plead guilty. He had no antecedents and when asked for his mitigation, replied that he had nothing to say.

4. As the accused did not show any remorse at all and had no mitigating factors to speak of, I imposed a fine of S$1,000.

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