COVID-19: 11 teens charged for meeting during circuit breaker over 'settlement talk'

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SINGAPORE — A total of 11 teenagers were charged on Wednesday (27 May) with meeting others outside of their household for a “settlement talk” on Monday.

In addition to breaching circuit breaker measures, each teen also faces a charge of being part of an unlawful assembly, whose common intention was to cause hurt to a rival group of teens in the incident.

According to their charge sheets, the teens, comprising one girl and 10 boys aged 16 to 19, belonged to two groups.

One group consists of Seth Lim, 19, Cyrus Lim, 17, Lum Qi Xuan, 18, Keith Ser Sheng Kai, 18, and Muhammad Zulfadhli Latip - who was not charged on Wednesday.

The other group consists of Tan Wei Hao, 17, Glenn Wong Jun Yi, 18, See Huan Foo, 17, Jerome Tan, 17, Jovan Pang Zhiquan, 18, Leong Wei Zhi, 16, and the sole girl, Phoebe Chu Pei Er, 17.

The 11 and Zulfadhli are said to have gathered at 11.10pm at Block 221 Boon Lay Place, near an ATM, meeting others outside of their residence for the “settlement talk”.

Some members of the two opposing groups then allegedly armed themselves with knives for a common objective, which was to cause hurt to the rival group.

The 11 teens have one charge each of being part of an unlawful assembly and breaking enhanced safe distancing measures.

Jerome Tan, Leong and Tan Wei Hao each has an additional charge related to another unlawful assembly offence on 12 March.

The trio are said to have joined three others in an unlawful assembly at Boon Lay bus interchange in order to cause hurt to three other individuals at about 7.52pm.

They were charged for the offence at the bus interchange and while on bail, they were arrested and charged for the other incident at the Boon Lay HDB block.

All 11 will return to court on 17 June for a further mention.

If convicted for meeting an individual not living in the same place of residence, each may be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000.

A person who is convicted on being armed with a deadly weapon and being a member of an unlawful assembly may be jailed up to five years, and/or fined, and/or caned.

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