30 Apr '13, 12am

Norwegian jailed 6 weeks for beating up taxi driver over midnight surcharge

Norwegian jailed 6 weeks for beating up taxi driver over midnight surcharge

A Norwegian man who grabbed a cabby by the neck, shoved him across a hotel lobby and hurled him into a lift, was jailed for six weeks yesterday. All because Christian Myhrhagen Sindre, a ship charterer who earns $10,500 a month, had initially refused to pay the cabby a $4 midnight surcharge. The 27-year-old was also ordered to pay compensation of $1,699 to part-time cabby Lee Chin Chye, 49, for his medical expenses and loss of earnings. District Judge Eddy Tham, who called Sindre's action "both shocking and deplorable", said public transport workers must be protected against passengers who exhibit violence because they are drunk.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story...

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