73-year-old Ferrari auntie sentenced to 6 weeks' jail for string of offences

Shi Ka Yee, 73, was sentenced to a total of six weeks' jail for a string of offences committed ranging from obstructing Orchard Road in a road rage row, to trapping a tree pruner high on a crane in an argument with her neighbour.

The elderly woman, also known as the 'Ferrari auntie', was told by District Judge Lim Tse Haw that she could not "behave in such a belligerent manner over such trivial matters" in a hearing on Oct 12. 

According to The Straits Times, Shi was sentenced to four weeks in prison in March this year for punching a motorist after he refused to let her car pass in 2014.

In court on Friday (Oct 12), she received another fortnight for three offences committed over three separate incidents between 2015 and 2017.

The ex-design and architecture company owner was also fined $4,500 and disqualified from driving for 20 months.

In 2015, she left a tree pruner high up on a crane above her garden after taking the keys to it, in a row about a tree with her next-door neighbour.

The next year, a motorist complained she was driving too slowly and she stopped her car in the middle of Orchard Road.

She was arrested for drink-driving last year after ignoring a police officer's repeated advice to not get behind the wheel.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Kok Weng called for her to be fined and she was given a short jail term for the offences she committed in these three incidents.

But defence counsel N. Sreenivasan brought up the fact that she had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder in 2014, which was an important underlying factor for her offences.

She also had no prior criminal record so, Sreenivasan called for a lighter sentence.

Judge Lim, however, found that her condition did not cause or significantly contribute to her offences and pointed out that her culpability in the tree pruning and road obstruction incidents was high.

The judge said: "Singapore is a country governed by rule of law, the court has to send a loud and clear message that you cannot take the law into your own hands."

Shi will report back to court to commence the sentence on Oct 25 and is currently out on bail.

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