Accused teen was on police bail over similar offences

Accused teen was on police bail over similar offences
A bicycle wheel thrown from the 14th floor of an HDB block hit a 67-year-old woman on the head. She slipped into a coma on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old boy charged with knocking a bicycle wheel off the 14th floor of an HDB block, injuring a passer-by, was on police bail at the time over four similar "killer litter" offences, a court heard yesterday

The prosecution amended the rash act charge against Abdul Hamid Rahmat to one of grievous hurt after the 67-year-old woman, Madam Mahani Abdullah, slipped into a coma on Tuesday.

She was hit on the head by the wheel after it fell from the 14th floor of the block in Eunos Cresecent last month.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yi Ling successfully applied for the teenager's bail to be revoked. She said he re-offended on May 16 while on police bail on four other killer litter offences which he was also charged with yesterday.

On three separate occasions last year, he allegedly threw bricks from the same block. One, which was thrown from the 12th floor on Dec 13, allegedly caused grievous hurt to Myanmar national Kyi Phyu Phyo Wai, 26 - it broke his hand.

In the fourth incident, two ceramic tiles, a water dispenser a and a 5kg dumbbell were thrown from high floors in the block in August last year.

A psychiatric report has stated that Abdul Hamid has a "high risk of re-offending" and DPP Goh asked District Judge Ronald Gwee to revoke his bail "in the public interest" as "he is a clear danger to the public".

DPP Goh applied for a short adjournment to get Madam Mahani's medical report.

Abdul Hamid, who was not represented, said he intends to admit to the charges, adding that he applied for legal aid last week but has yet to receive a reply.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled to take place in a community court on June 17.

If convicted of causing grievous hurt through a rash act, he could be jailed for up to four years and/or fined up to $10,000 per charge.

The rash act offence carries a maximum of six months' jail and a $2,500 fine.

This article was first published on June 7, 2014.
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