18-year-old involved in knife attack at Boon Lay supermarket charged in court

·Senior Reporter
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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — An 18-year-old man involved in a knife attack at an NTUC Fairprice outlet Boon Lay earlier this week was charged in court on Friday (9 October).

James Teck Jing You, 18, was handed one charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Lee Jing Chwen, 23, with a kitchen knife, by slashing Lee multiple times on his face and causing lacerations at about 12.42pm at Wednesday.

The alleged offence was committed at Boon Lay Shopping Centre, which is at level two of Block 221 Boon Lay Place.

During Teck’s hearing, the prosecution applied for Teck to be remanded for psychiatric observation. Asked by District Judge (DJ) Terence Tay if he had a record with the Institute of Mental Health, Teck, who appeared via video-link, replied “yes”.

Given the investigating officer’s report, DJ Tay allowed the application for Teck, who was unrepresented, to be remanded for psychiatric assessment. His next hearing will be on 23 October.

Covered in blood after incident

Photos of the incident circulating online on Wednesday showed Lee covered in blood and attended by paramedics. There were also photos depicting the closed Fairprice outlet, which was cordoned off in the aftermath of the incident.

Following the incident, Lee was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in a conscious state.

Police said that they were alerted to the case at around 12.40pm. Through ground enquiries and with the use of CCTV footage, Teck was arrested on Wednesday.

If convicted of voluntarily causing grievous hurt with a weapon, Teck faces an imprisonment for life, or for up to 15 years, and can be caned or fined.

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