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SINGAPORE – A former director at an automation firm was jailed for two weeks on Thursday (July 22) for assaulting a private-hire car driver whereas intoxicated.

American Andrew McKee Bowles, 50, beforehand a managing director at Automation Anywhere, pleaded responsible to voluntarily inflicting harm to Mr Ng Chee Siang.

Just hours earlier than the incident on Aug 16 final 12 months, Bowles attended a social gathering at Robertson Quay at round 2.30pm and he consumed alcoholic drinks.

One of his buddies seen that he was intoxicated at round 7pm.

The buddy then booked a non-public rent automobile to take Bowles house at Orange Grove Residences in Orange Grove Road.

Mr Ng arrived quickly after in his car, the court docket heard.

The 41-year-old Singaporean seen that Bowles’ gait was unsteady and he was reeking of alcohol.

The American slipped into the rear passenger seat and nodded off. The two males didn’t talk or work together with one another all through the journey.

Bowles was nonetheless asleep when Mr Ng arrived at the drop-off level at Orange Grove Residences at round 7.30pm.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenny Yang mentioned: (*2*)

Mr Ng then flashed the headlights of his car at the property’s safety officer to hunt his help. The officer approached the car and recognised Bowles as one of many residents there.

The DPP added: “At this juncture, the accused all of a sudden leaned ahead to the motive force’s seat and hit the sufferer’s face together with his elbow. The sufferer alighted from his automobile and the accused adopted swimsuit.

“The accused then chased the victim around the vehicle and hurled vulgarities.”

Bowles tried to punch Mr Ng however missed and fell onto a grass patch.

The safety officer alerted the police and Bowles was then taken house by his spouse. 

Mr Ng went to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and was discovered with tenderness to his jaw.

The court docket heard that Bowles has since made greater than $200 in restitution to him.

Defence attorneys Rakesh Vasu and Farhan Tyebally pleaded for Bowles to be given a effective, stressing that he’s very remorseful.

The attorneys from Gomez & Vasu mentioned: “Upon hearing from his wife of the events which occurred, Andrew was in deep shock because the actions displayed whilst he was in such an inebriated state were absolutely out of character.”

They added that Bowles instantly went to a police station and gave his assertion to an investigation officer.

For voluntarily inflicting harm, an offender might be jailed for as much as three years and fined as much as $5,000.

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