SINGAPORE BUSINESS manager Sakthi Velan Elangovan (22) has been sentenced to 15 months and three weeks in prison after he was found guilty of attacking and robbing an elderly taxi driver.
A court heard that Sakthi, who pleaded guilty to theft and causing hurt, hailed a cab at around 7am on October 22 last year and told the driver, Mr Poo Ah Soon (73) to take him to the Parc Vera condominium at Hougang Street 32.
On arrival, Sakthi told Mr Poo he had no cash on him and the taxi driver said he could pay by credit card. The accused gave him a store discount card, claiming it was an approved EZ-Link card, and Mr Poo got out to process the fare at a nearby parked cab as his own vehicle could not take payments by EZ-Link.
While Mr Poo was talking to the other cab driver, Sakthi opened a storage unit in the centre of the vehicle’s dashboard and took $200 in cash.
Mr Poo noticed the missing money when he returned and confronting Sakthi, took back $150 from his left shirt pocket.
The defendant then punched Mr Poo in the face after the taxi driver took out a mobile phone to take his picture. The cabbie alerted the police and officers apprehended Sakthi and recovered the missing $50.
Defence lawyer Sherrie Han pleaded for a a lenient prison sentence for Sakthi because he was remorseful and because Mr Poo only suffered minor bruising to the face.
Sakthi is currently out on bail of $15,000 while he puts his work matters in order before returning to the State Court to start his prison sentence.