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$2k fine for driving with man on bonnet

DANGEROUS: Mr Haresh clinging on to Naidu's car in October. Mr Haresh and two other friends had went to see Naidu at his condominium to discuss a debt.


    May 22, 2015

    $2k fine for driving with man on bonnet

    A MAN who drove to a police post with a friend clinging to his windscreen was fined $2,000 and banned from driving for nine months yesterday.

    On Oct 18 last year, Haresh Govindaraju, 46, and two other friends went to see Murali Krishnan Naidu, 44, at his King Albert Park condominium to discuss money that Naidu owed Mr Haresh.

    While waiting outside, they saw Naidu drive in with his wife and teenage son and ran towards his car, but he drove away to avoid a confrontation.

    The trio shouted vulgarities at Naidu's wife and banged his vehicle, and at some point Mr Haresh leapt onto the bonnet and held on to the sides of the windscreen.

    The couple tried to persuade Mr Haresh to get off the bonnet but he refused.

    Naidu then stopped the car at the traffic lights outside the condo and told Mr Haresh to get off, but the latter still refused. He shouted at Naidu to get out of the car and threatened to "break their heads".

    Worried for the safety of his family, Naidu decided to drive to the nearest neighbourhood police post.

    Mr Haresh was still on the bonnet when they arrived at the Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Police Post.

    He eventually got off the car after several warnings from police.

    A video of the incident was posted on citizen journalism website Stomp.

    Naidu, the manager of a credit company, pleaded guilty to committing the rash act to endanger the personal safety of others.

    He could have been jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to $2,500.