22-year-old man charged in Orchard Cineleisure attack

A man was injured in an attack at Orchard Cineleisure on Thursday evening. (Twitter photo by Cara Chiang) ((Twitter photo by Cara Chiang))

[UPDATE on 1 Jan 2013: A 22-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous hurt to another youth outside Cathay Cineleisure Orchard.

The Straits Times reported that the man, Lukman Nurhakim M Thamrin, was said to have attacked 23-year-old Muhammad Safuan Mohamed Nasil outside the mall on Thursday evening, slamming his head into the ground and causing fractures to his skull.

Safuan was since warded in intensive care for neurosurgical treatment at Singapore General Hospital.

If convicted, Lukman could be jailed for up to 10 years, fined or caned. He is currently remanded at Tanglin Police Division to assist in further investigation.]

A youth was attacked late on Thursday evening outside Cathay Cineleisure Orchard shopping centre.

It's believed the young man, aged in his 20s, was beset by a group of other boys in the incident which took place just outside the mall's 7-Eleven convenience store.

According to police, a call for assistance was made at about 10pm. A spokesperson told Yahoo! Singapore that they "established that an assault had occurred", but did not confirm whether or not a slashing took place or if any weapons were involved.

The boy was later conveyed to Singapore General Hospital for treatment, the spokesperson added.

A photo of the youth lying injured and being helped by mall security guards which was taken by an eyewitness, Twitter user Cara Chiang, is going viral on Twitter.

On Thursday night, she posted the picture with the caption, "I just saw a stabbed guy and a dude shouting a gang name at Cineleisure (sic)."

She also tweeted that he was "twitching and spitting blood".

Two years ago, a 19-year-old polytechnic student was killed in a Downtown East slashing by five gang members.