3 teenagers arrested in relation to shopping mall spitting video

Screengrabs from the video showing a male teenager spitting inside a shopping mall.

SINGAPORE — Three teenagers aged between 17 and 19 have been arrested for suspicion of spitting from a high floor inside a shopping mall, said the police in a news release on Thursday (12 March).

The trio – two males and one female – were apprehended after police were notified on 3 March of an online video showing a male teenager spitting inside a mall located in the “central region of Singapore”.

Investigations found that an 18-year-old male teenager had committed the act at about 6.30pm on 28 February.

“The act was recorded on video and subsequently uploaded on his friends’ social media accounts. The videos had caused alarm and annoyance at a time when Singapore is dealing with the COVID-19 situation, as infections can spread indirectly through contaminated surfaces,” said the police.

Police investigations against the three suspects are ongoing. Those convicted for acts of public nuisance face fines of up to $2,000. If their actions are deemed to have been able to cause injury, danger or annoyance to the public, the offence carries a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

Last month, the police announced that they were investigating two separate incidents of spitting inside public lifts. The suspects involved in those cases were also teenagers.

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