The driver who caused terrible accident when he travelled against the flow of traffic along AYE (Tuas) on 19 December 2016 has been remanded for another week on request by a doctor from the Institute of Mental Health.
A day after the incident, Lim Chai Heng, 53, has been remanded for psychiatric assessment.
The prosecution has requested for further remand a second time on Thursday (2 February). However, his lawyer, Yusfiyanto Yatiman, objected, arguing that it was past the designated remand period.
According to the laws in the Republic, a medical practitioner can ask the court to remand an accused person for up to two months in order to observe and provide any necessary treatment.
Therefore, the practitioner can certify to the court in writing, the opinion on the person’s state of mind.
Lim was travelling along AYE towards Tuas Checkpoint during morning rush hour where he was believed to have made a U-turn and travelled against the flow of traffic along AYE (Tuas).
Lim then collided into several vehicles, including four cars, one motorcycle and one private bus. The wall of the expressway before Tuas West Road exit was also severely damaged.
As a result of the accident, a 37-year-old man died at the scene and four others were conveyed to the National University Hospital (NUH).
Lim was then charged to one of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He could be jailed up to 10 years, fined, and caned. However, he would possibly not to be canned as, under the law in the country, a man who is above 50 cannot be canned.
Previously, Lim was charged of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving which carried a maximum jail term of five years.
His case will be mentioned again on 9 February. It is said that his lawyer is expected to argue for bail to be granted.