Elderly Ferrari driver’s depression irrelevant to her assault

District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt ruled elderly Ferrari driver’s depression not a contributing factor to the offence.

On 17 Aug 2018, the 72-year-old woman, Shi Ka Yee, was convicted of assaulting a BMW driver, Raphael Chong Yen Ping, for seemingly blocking the road.

Mr Chong was left with a cut above his right eyebrow after the elderly woman launched a jab to his right temple.

Dr Pauline Sim Li Ping, Shi’s psychiatrist, testified in court that her patient was diagnosed with depression in 2009, and tend to react to provocation without thinking of consequences.

The psychiatrist added that Shi was feeling disappointed and “taken advantage of” when she realized her husband was having affair with a woman from China, thus having bad mood.

“She was shocked that a BMW driver would be rude to her… that’s why she reacted.” Dr Sim said. “It would be disastrous to incarcerate her… treatment would be better.”

On Thursday (Feb 22), Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhuo Wenzhao mentioned that Dr Sim’s finding was not significant to the case, since her patient did not display six of nine symptoms listed or depression victims.

The caused of this incident was due to her impatience and the BMW driver said “If you don’t know how to drive a Ferrari, don’t drive a Ferrari.”.

Shi Ke Yee, represented by her lawyer Irving Choh, is due to be sentenced next month. Offenders who committed assault can be jailed for up to two years, or fined up to $5,000, or both.

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