Cavin Tan was ordered to drive the jeep carrying 3 other soldiers by Master Sergeant Lee Kong Kian, even though he didn’t have a Class 3 driving licence, and didn’t have any training in driving jeeps.
As he was driving down a slope, the 22-year-old lost control of the jeep as he was entering a bend. The three other soldiers were flung out of the jeep.
The jeep finally overturned and landed on its side, crushing one of the soldiers, 3rd Sergeant Tan Mou Sheng. He was sent to Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital in critical condition , and later died from his injuries.
Another soldier, 3rd Sergeant Dickson Hong, suffered deep cuts on his leg, but he survived.
In his ruling, District Judge Low Wee Ping said that a positive outcome of the accident is that NSmen now know that they do not need to obey what appears to be an illegal or unlawful order.