Five youths charged with vandalism of Toa Payoh HDB rooftop offered bail

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Police arrest five youths suspected ot being involved in the rooftop graffiti case in Toa Payoh. (Screengrab from Singapore Police Force Facebook page)

[UPDATE on Friday, 16 May, 5:15pm: Adding details of bail offered, additional charges and names of the youths]

Five 17-year-old youths accused of vandalising a HDB rooftop in Toa Payoh have been offered bail at S$12,000 each on Friday, 16 May.

Media reports have named the youths as Goh Rong Liang, David William Graaskov, Reagan Tan Chang Zhi, Chay Nam Shen and Boaz Koh Wen Jie.

All five face five to ten charges each, including additional charges of criminal trespassing, and theft of spray cans. The teenagers are all accused of criminal trespass for entering the secured rooftop of a HDB block by climbing over a wall in the early hours of 7 May to spray-paint graffiti using stolen paint cans.

Local newspaper TODAY reported that Tan is also facing additional charges for committing criminal trespass at Marina Bay Suites at Marina Boulevard and at a construction site.

The youths had been charged for vandalism on Saturday, for their suspected involvement in the rooftop graffiti case in Toa Payoh.

According to the Singapore Police Force Facebook page, police had been alerted to a report of graffiti being painted on a wall of the rooftop of Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh on Wednesday morning. Profanities against the police and the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) were discovered to have been sprayed-painted in bright red paint on the rooftop.

Following an investigation by the Criminial Investigation Department and Tanglin Police Division, the five youths were arrested on Friday.

If convicted, they may be jailed for up to three years or be fined up to $2,000, and shall also be punished with at least three strokes of the cane.