Woman disabled 4 police cameras near Geylang, made bomb hoax

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Norazidah Mohamed Zain, 31, pleaded guilty to one charge each of theft, mischief, mischief by fire, causing hurt and sending a false message about a bomb. (Photo: Getty)

SINGAPORE — A 31-year-old woman who was walking along Guillemard Road in low spirits pulled wires connected to police surveillance cameras (polcam), disabling four of the devices, a court heard.

A few hours later, Norazidah Mohamed Zain called emergency services at ‘995’ and said, “Geylang Lorong 6 got bomb”.

When police officers picked her up, she said the satellite dishes on top of buildings in the area were bombs.

At the State Courts on Monday (18 November), Norazidah was jailed for three months and six weeks.

She pleaded guilty to one charge each of theft, mischief, mischief by fire, causing hurt and sending a false message about a bomb.

Seven other charges were considered in sentencing, including another count of mischief by fire, causing hurt and committing a rash act - for throwing dustbins and bicycles onto the road.

Heard noises from polcam wires

On 18 December last year, Norazidah was walking along an overhead bridge at Guillemard Road when she heard noises coming from wires connected to a police camera.

She pulled the wires for the camera, causing about $642 worth of damage. The cable of the WiFi transmitter for the camera was also disconnected, disabling four polcams.

A few hours later, Norazidah used a public phone along Geylang Road to call ‘995’ and falsely report about a bomb. Police officers in the area were despatched to the scene but could not find the caller.

After viewing CCTV footage, officers identified Norazidah at a traffic light junction near Lorong 10 Geylang. She admitted to making the phone call.

Slapped store staff, burned grass patch

On 1 February this year, Norazidah stole some items from a Sheng Siong Supermarket outlet in Chin Swee Road. The items were a $5.90 bra, two pieces of lingerie worth $3.90 each, two cans of Sinalco Special drink worth 75 cents each and two cans of energy worth 50 cents each.

A store supervisor saw Norazidah committing the offence and walking out of the supermarket. The supervisor detained the culprit and brought her to the staff office.

Norazidah later wanted to leave the office, but the supervisor stopped her. She then slapped the supervisor on the right cheek, and also kicked another staff on his thigh.

The next month, on 18 March, Norazidah used a stove lighter to set fire to some dried leaves on a grass patch at the junction of Still Road and Changi Road. Her actions caused a 4m by 4m vegetation fire that was put out by construction workers nearby before firemen and policemen arrived.

On 30 October this year, Norazidah set fire to a cloth tied to a pillar at Happy Seafood Restaurant in Lorong 23 Geylang, causing about $50 worth of damage.

On 18 November last year, at about 7am, she threw dustbins and bicycles onto the road outside Liang Court.

The maximum punishment for sending a false message containing a bomb hoax is a fine of up to $50,000 and up to seven years’ jail.

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