Singapore—On Tuesday, November 26, a nineteen-year-old was charged in court with causing hurt to a 12-year-old boy in an incident with an e-scooter that occurred on March 29, 2018.
Brendon Lim Chun Hsien was said to be operating his e-scooter at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour in a basketball court at Block 838, Yishun Street 81.
When a 12-year-old came along his way, Mr Lim was unable to slow down in time to avoid hitting the boy. According to charge sheets, the boy sustained bruising and other injuries to his face, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reports. Later, the boy also had to have a molar removed.
Mr Lim will apply for a lawyer under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme and is due to be back in court on December 18.
According to the police, they received an alert concerning the incident at 11:00 on the morning of March 29, 2018. In a statement, the police said, “The victim suffered bruising and abrasion on his right cheek and bleeding around the upper right first primary molar tooth.”
Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division were able to identify Mr Lim, who was promptly arrested.
If he is convicted of causing hurt by a rash act endangering the personal safety of others, he could end up in jail for as long as one year, be made to pay a fine of S$5,000, or both.
Earlier this month, e-scooters have been banned on public pathways due to growing concerns over public safety, especially since an elderly woman died after a collision with an e-scooter rider while she was on her bike.
Singapore’s Senior Minister of Transport, Dr Lam Pin Min, announced the ban in Parliament on November 4.
There have been mixed reactions to the ban, with many applauding it due to safety concerns, but others, especially food delivery riders who rely on Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) for their livelihood have expressed their dissatisfaction with the new ban.