Fined $7,000 for parking offences
An interior designer who chalked up $660 for 14 parking offences in four months found himself having to pay more than 10 times the original amount.
Gabriel Ravi Janageran, 46, had ignored three reminders to pay the fines before he was issued a summons to appear in court for various parking offences between September 2010 and January 2011, reported The Straits Times Online.
Even then, he skipped five court sessions, which led to five arrest warrants issued against him.
Finally, in April last year, he pleaded guilty in a district court and was fined a total of $7,000 or $500 for each offence. In lieu of payment, he has to serve a 14-day jail term.
Yesterday, he appealed to the High Court, asking for a lower sentence and more time to raise the money. He said he was the sole breadwinner of his family and could not go to jail as he has four children in school.
Eventually, Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin worked out a four-month instalment plan for Gabriel Ravi to pay $2,000 in the first two months and $1,500 each for the other two months.