Elderly woman fined RM22k for keying visitor’s car

SINGAPORE (Sept 14): An elderly woman whose rubbish bins were pushed away from her home during Chinese New Year thought that a visitor had done this. She then used her house key to scratch the victim's Audi A4, reported Channel News Asia today.

The repairs and cost of temporarily renting another car cost the vehicle owner nearly S$15,000 (around RM45,536). The accused, 76-year-old Ang Guat Beng, was fined S$7,500 (around RM22,768) today, for mischief, the report highlighted.

The report said that Ang pleaded guilty to one count of mischief by scratching both sides of the victim's car with a key on the night of Jan 26 this year, along a road in Serangoon Gardens.

It is understood that the victim and her husband drove to their friend's place near Ang's home for Chinese New Year celebrations that evening. However, the exact locations were redacted from court documents.

The victim who parked her car in front of Ang’s home found scratches and filed a police report before sending her car for extensive repairs when she returned to her car.

The total cost of damages, inclusive of the costs for renting an identical vehicle while the original car was being repaired, amounted to S$14,752.20, the report said.

Meanwhile, Ang who came home from her walk saw that the bins which were usually outside her home were nowhere to be found, said her lawyer Adrian Wee of Characterist LLC. 

She found her bins 20m to 30m away, about four or five houses down and did not recognise the Audi A4 parked in front of her house.

She had to push the bins back, "no easy task for a 76-year-old", said Mr Wee, and grew angry and frustrated, said CNA. In addition to that, she was also unhappy with people who had parked their cars opposite her home. 

Ang initially refused to compensate the victim, but repaid the full amount last month.

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