15-year-old arrested for killer-litter case in Eunos Crescent

15-year-old arrested for killer-litter case in Eunos Crescent
A man was hit on the arm by a brick that was thrown down from a block at Eunos Crescent last Friday. The police were called in.

SINGAPORE - A 15-year-old teenager has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a killer-litter incident last week, when a man was injured by a brick thrown from a high-rise flat.

Police said he was caught in Eunos Crescent on Tuesday.

He is accused of being involved in a series of rash acts by throwing items from his flat.

In a statement last Tuesday night, the police said four killer-litter reports involving Block 1, Eunos Crescent, were made between June 22 and last Friday.

The items thrown included bricks, a dumb bell and water dispenser.

After "extensive ground inquiries and follow-up investigations", the teen's identity was established, the statement added.

Police also said they are continuing with their investigations.

The teen's arrest comes two days after The Straits Times reported that a man was injured in the arm from a brick hurled from a Housing Board flat in Block 1, Eunos Crescent.

It happened last Friday. The police were called and the man was taken to Changi General Hospital.

The offence, which comes under the Penal Code's Rash Act Causing Hurt, carries a jail term of up to one year, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.

While a jail term tends to be given to those older than 16, a lawyer told The Straits Times that the courts are likely to take a harsh view of the matter because a brick is potentially deadly.

Meanwhile, residents in the block said killer litter is a common occurrence. Housewife Tan Hai Li, 28, who moved into the block less than two years ago, said beer bottles, flower pots and even bicycles had been thrown out of the units.

She added that another flying brick from one of the flats had narrowly missed a couple and their three children on Thursday, the day before last Friday's incident.

Residents now prefer to walk in the void deck areas and avoid the pavement, she said.

audreyt@sph.com.sg


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