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    Sep 15, 2016

    Drunk CEO jailed, fined for slapping cabbie

    A DRUNK German chief executive was given two weeks' jail and fined $1,000 for slapping a cab driver and kicking

    his vehicle after the driver had declined to pick him up.

    Jochen Thewes, of DB Schenker Logistics

    (Asia Pacific), 45, had subsequently paid $2,950 in compensation to the driver and apologised in court.

    He also paid $250 for repair work for the damaged cab.

    Thewes, who was fined $1,000 for causing damage to the taxi, is appealing against the conviction and sentence over the charge of

    causing hurt by slapping.

    At about 3.50am on Sept 24 last year,

    cab driver Malcolm Xu, 33, was at a taxi stand

    at Tan Tye Place, Club Street, when he declined

    to pick up a drunk-looking Thewes.

    The latter then walked over to the driver's side and kicked the locked door.

    When Mr Xu opened his door to check the damage, Thewes pushed him and slapped his

    left cheek, causing him to suffer a bruised

    and bleeding nose.

    Mr Xu testified in court that he thought Thewes was drunk, which was why the taxi ahead of his vehicle at the stand did not want to pick him up.

    Thewes appeared unhappy, frustrated and hurled vulgarities at him when Mr Xu explained that

    he could not pick him up as he was headed east

    to change shift and not to the destination

    sought by Thewes.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Koh

    argued that Mr Xu's evidence was consistent

    with video footage in the area.

    Mr Xu did not "exaggerate or embellish"

    his account, which was supported by

    other evidence, she said.

    District Judge Salina Ishak was convinced, noting, among other things, that closed-circuit television footage showed Thewes behaving

    in a "drunken and unruly manner".

    She ruled that Thewes lacked credibility in court when his defence was simply that he was too intoxicated to remember what had happened.

    In mitigation, Thewes, through his lawyer

    Selva K. Naidu, acknowledged that it was

    shameful for him to have behaved in the way

    he did and said he had learnt his lesson.

    Mr Naidu added there was early compensation paid for the victim's injury and damage to the car.

    The judge pointed to aggravating factors

    which warranted a two-week jail term.

    "This was a case of an unprovoked assault

    by an intoxicated offender on a public transport worker in the course of his duty in the wee hours

    of the morning," she said.