SINGAPORE — Two men suspected of being involved in possessing a firearm were charged in court on Thursday (10 October) – the first such case since 2009.
Muhammad Ikram Abdul Aziz, 24, was charged with possessing a Shooters Sea Hawk pistol on 8 October, while Amirul Asyraff Muhammad Junus, 25, was charged with consorting with a person carrying a firearm in February this year.
Another four rounds of ammunition were found in Ikram's flat, according to media reports.
According to a media release on Wednesday, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) was tipped off by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), and officers mounted a joint operation on Tuesday to arrest Ikram at the void deck of his Block 731 Jurong West Street 72 flat.
Ikram was escorted to his unit, where the pistol was recovered.
Further investigations revealed that Amirul was suspected to have knowingly remained in Ikram's company, despite being aware that Ikram had a pistol in his possession.
Amirul was arrested along Woodlands Street 13 at about 2.25am on Wednesday.
Both men are also suspected to be involved in illicit drug activities. However, no drugs were found from the search of the flat.
Both have been remanded and will return to court on 17 October. They are unrepresented.
If convicted of being in unlawful possession of any arm or ammunition, Ikram faces between five and 10 years' jail and at least six strokes of the cane.
Amirul faces the same punishment if convicted of consorting with a person unlawfully possessing a firearm.
According to The Straits Times, the last discovery of a person in possession of firearms was in 2009, when lorry driver Low Hua Choon was found with a loaded semi-automatic pistol hidden in his vehicle. He was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years’ jail and 17 strokes of cane.