SINGAPORE — A 24-year-old man was charged on Tuesday (3 August) with cutting and damaging National Day Parade banners a day earlier.
Ahmad Abdullah (Wan Ahmad Yusof), a Singaporean, is said to have cut and damaged the decorative banners in the vicinity of Punggol Walk at about 1.32am on Monday. He was handed one count of committing mischief over the act.
Ahmad also faces one count of carrying a black kitchen knife of about 15cm in length, and a pair of black scissors with him – both of which are considered offensive weapons – at Block 211A Punggol Walk, at about 2.02am on the same day.
The man was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric observation and will return to court for a further mention on 17 August.
The police received information that a man had cut down Singapore national flags displayed around Punggol Walk on Monday. Officers responded to the incident and detained Ahmad.
He was found with the two weapons, with preliminary investigations revealing that the man had allegedly damaged multiple Singapore national flags and decorative banners displayed at Punggol Field, Punggol Central and Punggol Walk.
If convicted of possessing offensive weapon under the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act, Ahmad faces up to three years’ jail, and caning of at least six strokes. If convicted of mischief, he may be jailed up to two years, or fined, or both.
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