Brand manager Kieran Sean McCarry was also fined S$500 (RM1,050) for bending the antenna of the CityCab taxi.
During a four-day trial, a district court heard that cabby Tony Teo Teck Poh had cut into McCarry's lane at Bideford Road about 1am on Jan 9 last year.
McCarry then sped up, swerved in front of the cab and stopped his BMW suddenly. He got out of his car, opened the taxi door and grabbed Teo's neck. Then he shook the cabby before punching him in the face.
The cabby followed him back to his apartment in Hullet Road, off Orchard Road, but was spotted. McCarry punched the window and told Teo: “If I break the glass, I will kill you.”
On Thursday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ho Su-Lyn told the court road rage against taxi drivers, who provide a valuable service to society and deserve the protection of the law, was a serious offence.
She said the cabby was “extremely frightened” when McCarry made the death threat while hitting the window.
However, McCarry's lawyer, Steven Seah, argued that Teo could not have been as frightened as he said he was, since he was able to call the police three times and trail McCarry to his home.
He said his client had been provoked as the cabby had cut dangerously into his path without warning, and showed McCarry his middle finger.
However, he said that on hindsight his client realised that he should have been more restrained.
“He will never react in the same way again when faced with rude or dangerous drivers on the road,” said Seah.
He asked the court not to jail McCarry, a single parent, as it would result in “tremendous hardship” for his three children, aged eight to 13.
The children have been living with their father in Singapore for the last 5½ years. Seah said their mother walked out on the marriage three years ago, leaving no forwarding address.
But with the jail sentence, the lawyer said McCarry would have to find alternative living arrangements for the children. – The Straits Times/Asia News network