However, I have a feeling that Michael was probably screwed because he did not have a good lawyer and that he put it too political that in the end, in order to prop up the image of us being tough, he got the cane.
Fast forwarding it to yesterday.
What do you think about people who steal car, drive under the influence of alcohol and also knocked down a few lamp post? Jail Time? Cane? Waterboarding?
Well, read this
Neil Arthur (left) was fined a total of $9,500 and banned from driving in Singapore for two years after he admitted to the two charges. --PHOTO: ST
AN OIL company engineer on a business trip here last November had an extended stay - all because he stole a lorry and committed driving-related offences.
Neil Arthur, 37, was fined a total of $9,500 and banned from driving in Singapore for two years after he admitted to the two charges.
His blood/alcohol level was more than 11/2 times the legal limit.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Moses Tan said Arthur, who had earlier been drinking with friends at Orchard Towers, was walking along Tanglin Road at about 2.30am on Nov 19 when he saw Mr Lim Swee Ann's lorry.
On seeing the key in the ignition, he got in and started the engine.
Mr Lim, 43, who was installing new lamp posts along the road, tried to stop him. Arthur stepped on the accelerator and drove off, crashing into a signboard and lamp post a short distance away.
While reversing, he hit another lamp post and some Christmas decorations causing the vehicle to flip.
He had compensated a total of $57,039 to the State and the victim. Pleading for fines only, his lawyer Shashi Nathan said his client's conduct that day was totally out of character.
Arthur, who is married with two young children back home in Aberdeen, Scotland, vaguely remembered being assaulted and pursued by a number of persons with fists and feet as well as sticks. He ran away and briefly lost consciousness, said the lawyer.
Two other charges of driving without a Class 4 licence and insurance coverage were taken into consideration, while another causing hurt charge was withdrawn and he was acquitted.
And basically, the following should sum it up pretty nicely