Singapore driver 2 weeks jail for accident which killed two boys: A cement truck driver who knocked into and killed two brothers at a school zone pedestrian crossing was given a two weeks’ jail sentence and banned from driving for five years on Monday, according to reports.
The driver, 57-year-old Munir Mohd Naim, pleaded guilty to a charge of negligent act which does not amount to culpable homicide.
On January 28 of last year, Munir was driving a cement mixer and failed to keep a proper lookout while turning left at the junction of Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Street 45.
He drove into cyclist 13-year-old Nigel Yap and the pillion rider, his seven-year-old brother Donavan Yap. Both boys died in the accident.
The prosecution said the accused was “grossly negligent” and argued for a two-week jail sentence and for Munir to be disqualified from driving for five years.
It noted that he failed to stop before making the left turn and that the green man signal was on, meaning the brothers had the right of way, said reports.
The defence argued that Munir was “sincerely contrite” and had accepted responsibility for his actions.
The court also heard that the accused was on his knees crying when he found out the boys had been killed.
District Judge Tan Boon Heng, in sentencing, stressed that motorists must exercise greater care, especially those driving heavy vehicles.
The accident took place in a school zone where the driver should have kept an extra lookout, he said.
The negligent act charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a fine.