(Screenshot of the half-naked man taken from the Facebook video post by Shashi Kumar Shashimi)
A 50-year-old man who was naked from the waist down and caught on video walking dangerously on the road outside the State Courts has been arrested.
In a statement on Saturday (9 January), the police said they received a call on Friday (8 January) at about 10.27am requesting for assistance at Upper Cross Street. The man was arrested for the offence of appearing nude in a public place and police investigations are ongoing, the statement added.
Under Singapore law, “the reference to a person appearing nude includes a person who is clad in such a manner as to offend against public decency or order”.
A six-minute video posted by Facebook user Shashi Kumar Shashimi on Friday (click on screenshot below) showed the man dressed only in a red t-shirt trying to pull a hose from a group of construction workers by the roadside.
(VIDEO posted by Facebook user Shashi Kumar Shashimi)
After holding on to the hose for a while, he was seen walking casually on to the road against the flow of traffic at Upper Cross Street. At one point, he stopped in the middle of the road, and was shouting and gesturing.
He then crossed over and knelt at the taxi stand outside OG People’s Park and shortly later, he entered into a taxi.
Two police officers were then seen dashing towards the taxi to apprehend and handcuff him. The man was then covered with a police coat as bystanders looked on.
(Screenshot of the man being arrested taken from the Facebook video post by Shashi Kumar Shashimi)