Bedok Maserati hit-&-run: Owner claims he lent car to man with same height & appearance as him
He did not know the man's full name or address, however; he only identified this Maserati borrower as 'Kelvin'.
Lee Cheng Yan, 35, is currently on trial for dragging a traffic police officer over more than 100m in a hit-and-run incident along Bedok Reservoir Road on Nov. 17, 2017.
Here’s the dramatic video of part of the chase that ensued:
Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh said that after abandoning the vehicle, Lee allegedly went to a friend’s home, apparently confessing that he ran away from the Traffic Police, before confiding in another friend about the issue as well.
Lee claimed trial to 10 charges related to the incident, and is also facing 59 other charges relating to online gambling and illegal moneylending.
Lee took the stand on Wednesday (Oct. 9).
According to CNA, he defended himself by claiming that he had never even “test-driven” the car, despite being its owner.
As to who indeed was driving the car on November 17, 2017, Lee had an answer ready.
Today reported that Lee told the court that he had lent his car to a man he had briefly met about four months prior to the incident.
He did not know the man’s full name or address, however — he was only able to identify this Maserati borrower as “Kelvin”.
Today further reported that Lee testified that while he was “reluctant” to loan the man a Maserati he himself had not test-driven, Kelvin had assured him he would only use it for a few hours.
In his police statement two years ago, Lee described the man’s appearance in this manner: 1.8m tall, with a fair disposition and skinny build.
A description that Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Senthilkumaran Sabapathy noted matches Lee’s own as well.
According to CNA, Lee told the court that “Kelvin” was wearing a similar shirt that he had. Thus, when he saw the viral video of the Maserati hit-and-run, he immediately threw away the shirt that was similar to the one “Kelvin” wore.
While Lee reportedly denied the prosecutor’s claim that he had made “Kelvin” up, he agreed with the prosecutor that the driver’s actions in the video were “quite shocking and despicable”.
No one, apparently, has been successful in identifying “Kelvin” so far.
If convicted of causing grievous hurt to the traffic policeman, 26-year-old Staff Sergeant Khairulanwar Abd Kahar, Lee can be jailed for up to 15 years and fined or caned.
The next court hearing is set for December 4, and a date for the verdict will be set later.
Screenshot via Yan Han’s Facebook video