[UPDATED 2:20pm on 27 June 2014: Clarification added in the fifth paragraph about caning]
Six women, aged between 18 and 30, were charged in court on Friday with rioting at K Box Cineleisure Orchard early last month.
Two of the women also each face an additional charge of “voluntarily causing hurt” to another person.
The accused are Wang Xi, 23; Liu Jiabao, 30; Wu Huamin, 18; Wu Huachun, 19; and Qiu Zhulin, 28; and Ding Jiao, 28. The first five are all People's Republic of China (PRC) nationals with the first two also Singapore permanent residents. The last is a Singapore citizen.
All six were accused of rioting on 3 May, at about 2:15am at KBox Cineleisure Orchard at 8 Grange Road by taking part in “an unlawful assembly” with a common object to cause hurt to Zheng Lu, a 19-year-old female PRC national, and by using violence.
As stated in the charge sheets of the women, a person found guilty of rioting could face a jail term of up to 7 years and be liable to caning. Women, however, are usually not sentenced to caning in Singapore.
Wang and Wu Huachun face an additional charge of voluntarily causing hurt to Zheng Lu “by kicking and punching her” at about 11:15pm on 2 May at the karaoke venue. They may be jailed for up to two years or fined up to S$5,000 or both.
The case will be heard again in court on 21 July.