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Man fined S$2,000 for scratching a car parked on his favorite lot in NUS

SINGAPORE: A man was fined S$2,000 by a court on Monday (September 19) for using a wrench to scratch a car that was parked on his favorite lot at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Pang Kok Wai, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of mischief, with a second similar charge being considered.

The court heard that Pang worked as a crane operator at the time.

On the morning of March 9 this year, he drove to NUS car park 10 at Lower Kent Ridge Road. He worked in the neighborhood and parked there frequently, but found that the parking lot was full.

Frustrated, he drove off and parked further away. He walked back to the parking lot a few minutes later and saw another car parked in parking lot 234, which was his favorite parking lot.

Pang took out his house key and used it to scratch the car, before heading to his place of work.

The victim returned to his vehicle later that day after taking a course at NUS and discovered a long scratch from the front door to his back door.

He sent his car in for repair and paid S$428 for the damage. The victim filed a police report and Pang was identified as the culprit. He paid all the reparations to the victim.

Investigations revealed that he had also scratched another car which was parked in the same parking lot several days earlier on March 1, 2022.

The prosecutor asked for a fine of at least S$2,000 to S$3,000, noting that Pang had never been convicted before.

He said “there was no excuse” for Pang’s actions, which were “completely unwarranted”.

As mitigation, Pang, who was not pictured, admitted his mistake and said he was sorry for the owner for causing the damage.

“I’m sorry for my actions. I want to apologize to the owner for scratching his car,” he said.

“I want to say that I was very stressed and unable to control my anger due to my father’s hospitalization and hospital bill. stressed. I promise not to commit the act again.”

He asked for clemency, saying he felt uncomfortable with what he had done and that he had been put in a ‘very stressful situation’ and kept ‘thinking about what was going to happen to me “.

“I used to have seasonal parking at the parking lot but often couldn’t find parking,” he added. “I was also very stressed and I (am) very ashamed of what I did.”

The judge noted that Pang’s actions were unjustified and that he had committed two offenses in the space of about a week. However, she considered her remorse, the restitution made and her first guilty plea.

For mischief, he could have been imprisoned for up to two years, fined, or both.


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