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Suntec assault – taxi driver’s hope for justice

Taxi driver Tay Gek Heng no longer plies the Suntec City area for fares. He has also avoided crowded areas, especially where inebriated clubbers and pub goers throng. His decision to avoid these places is a result of what happened in April 2010. Tay was one of two taxi drivers among the 4 Singaporeans assaulted by 3 Caucasians at Suntec City then. In that fracas, Paul Liew was severely injured after his head was bashed against a pillar by one of the 3 Caucasians; Laurence Wong Seong was punched several times, along with taxi drivers Tan Boon Kin and Tay. Of the 3 Caucasians, only one has so far been brought to justice. Australian Nathan Robert Miller was charged and given a 3 week jail sentence. The other two – New Zealander Robert Stephen Dahlberg, and Briton Robert James Springall – have since absconded from the law. The Singapore authorities are presently looking into the possibility of extraditing the two men from their respective countries. Tay got involved in the incident in 2010 when he went to assist his friend, Wong, who had himself gone to help Tan who was being harassed by the 3 foreigners. One of the foreigners,…