Assistant law professor, Sundram Peter Soosay, 43, from the National University of Singapore (NUS) was convicted yesterday (May 29) for assaulting a 70 year old cab driver while intoxicated over a S$20 cab fare. The Singapore Permanent Resident foreign talent had bashed the cabby savagely, leaving his victim bloodied and needing multiple stitches.
Asst Prof Soosay had boarded Mr Sun Chun Hua’s taxi in the wee hours on Christmas Day. Heavily intoxicated after drinking too much at a Christmas Eve gathering, the professor soon vomited in the taxi after getting in. He alighted near King Albert Park and staggered away without paying his taxi fare. The 70 year old taxi driver then chased him for the cab fare, which Asst Prof Soosay then handed him a $50 note and, in his drunken state, threatened to call the police. As the taxi driver went to retrieve the change from his taxi, the drunk professor then struck him from behind. According to an eye-witness, the professor then sat on the 70 year old and punched his face repeatedly.
District Judge Victor Yeo who found Asst Prof Soosay guilty, said that his testimony was “riddled with hindsight reasoning, convenient conjecture and hypothesis” and inconsistent with the statement he made with the police:
“Despite the accused’s intoxicated state, he seemed able to recall with great clarity how Mr Sun had behaved aggressively towards him”
Asst Prof Soosay will be sentenced on June 26. He faces a maximum jail term of two years and a S$5000 fine.
The Asst Prof who has lived in Scotland for 20 years, has been suspended without pay following his conviction, and NUS “will now determine what further disciplinary action should be taken”.
It remains to be seen if NUS will sack the Malaysia-born professor who has tarred the university’s name with his drunk antics.