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Woman, 72, allegedly punched BMW driver after argument

A woman driving a Ferrari got into an argument with another driver that allegedly led her to assault him.

Shi Ka Yee, now 72, is accused of hurting Mr Raphael Chong Yen Ping by punching his face along Telok Ayer Street at around 5pm on Feb 25, 2014. As a result, he suffered a cut above his right eyebrow.

Mr Chong, 39, and currently between jobs, took the stand on the first day of the trial yesterday.

The court heard that he was in his BMW and waiting for a parking space along the one-way road when Shi drove by in her red Ferrari.

When examined by Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhuo Wenzhao, Mr Chong said Shi started to shout and sounded her horn as she wanted him to move his car.

Mr Chong told District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt that he stayed put as the road was wide enough for other vehicles to easily pass through. He testified that in the 10 minutes he was there, many other cars managed to drive by.

He added that Shi became very upset and launched into a "verbal diarrhoea" against him.

Mr Chong said she then got out of her car to snap pictures of him, holding up traffic as there were other vehicles behind them.

He then told her: "Don't know how to drive, don't drive a Ferrari."

An advertising agency executive director, Mr Stephen Choy Ying Whye, who also took the stand yesterday, said he was in another car nearby when he saw Shi stepping out of her car.

Mr Choy then told her: "There's enough space for your car to go by. If you want, I can guide you through." But she declined his offer, he said.

Yesterday, Mr Chong said Shi then moved towards his car and punched him on the right side of his forehead through an open window.

The court heard that she was wearing rings on her fingers and the blow caused a cut on Mr Chong's forehead. He called the police after she drove away.

When cross-examined by Shi's lawyer, Mr Irving Choh, he testified that he could not recall if he had hurled vulgarities at her. But Mr Choy testified that Mr Chong had not uttered any vulgarities.

ASSAULTED

Separately, Mr Choh told the court yesterday that his client was "assaulted" by some press photographers while they were trying to snap her pictures. The police are believed to be investigating the incident.

Besides causing hurt, Shi has six other charges against her which will be dealt with at a later date.

She was in the news last year over a case involving a raintree on her Astrid Hills property. Its branches were encroaching into her neighbour's front yard and the judge ordered her to trim them and pay the neighbour damages.

The other two charges relate to an incident on June 29 last year, when Shi allegedly stopped her car between the third and fourth lanes of Orchard Road, just after the Claymore Road junction, causing an obstruction there.

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