Man robs NSF of rifle with a screwdriver

UPDATED 21 June 3:30 pm

Armed with a screwdriver, a man robbed a full-time national serviceman (NSF) of his assault rifle, reported asiaone.

Mohammad Ridzuan Jamari, 30, was reportedly accused of armed robbery of a SAR-21 assault rifle from NSF Kang Tai at the standard obstacle course in Pasir Laba Camp last month.

The accused, a civilian contractor working at the camp in Upper Jurong, was said to be holding a 20cm-long screwdriver when he stole the rifle from Kang.

According to local reports, he was arrested by a few people on site and the rifle was not removed from the camp.

Jamari was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he can be jailed up to 10 years and caned six strokes.

A closed-door pre-trial conference will be held on 16 July.

This is not the first time an attempt was made to bring a weapon out of camp, which is against army law.

In September 2007, a full-time 20-year-old NSF went missing with his rifle and several rounds of live ammunition, sparking an islandwide 20-hour manhunt that involved over 200 police officers.

Corporal Dave Teo Ming was eventually caught at Orchard Cineleisure mall with the weapon – also believed to be an SAR-21 assault rifle – and the bullets on him.

Teo was said to have been planning to use the rifle to take revenge on his ex-girlfriend. He was sentenced to nine years and two months in jail, with 18 strokes of the cane.