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CASE 1

A drunk passenger tried to run away without paying his taxi fare - and then punched the cabby for going after him to get the money.

Insurance agent Joachim Gabriel Lai Zhen, 23, was given a two-week short detention order on Feb 3 this year for attacking Mr Tan Keon Chae, 55, at Chai Chee Drive on May 19, 2013.

But there was a stay of the order, a community-based sentence, pending a prosecution appeal.

Mr Tan had repeatedly asked Lai to pay up, but he refused and punched the cabby on the nose and the back of the head.

Lai went through five days of trial last year before owning up to the assault.

CASE 2

A 21-year-old man punched a cabby because was unhappy that the driver had picked up other passengers instead of him.

On Feb 10, 2013, Shane Chia Chih Wei hit Mr Yeo Tze Phern's cab bumper to stop him from driving off. Then he climbed into the rear passenger seat, which was already occupied by two women and beat him up.

The cabby suffered a bruise on his cheek and needed six days of medical leave.

Chia was jailed a month for the attack on Mr Yeo, 52, last November. He was also jailed a year for grievously hurting a 21-year-old woman with a glass cup over another dispute in October 2013.

CASE 3

A project executive was jailed for six weeks on Sept 16 last year for punching a taxi driver in the face and head after a dispute over payment of the taxi fare.

The 24-year-old man pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Mohamed Zaki Md Jizan, 32, who suffered a broken nose and multiple bruises in the attack at a carpark at 450, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, on June 22 last year.

The attacker had drunk more than 10 glasses of hard liquor and vomited in the taxi before the assault.