Boys accused of killer litter were alone at home

Boys accused of killer litter were alone at home

SINGAPORE - Two boys arrested on Tuesday for throwing killer litter in Dover Road were home alone at the time of the alleged offences.

Their grandaunt, the primary caregiver of the brothers, aged 10 and 11, said yesterday that she had been out running errands and was unaware of their activities.

Police said on Wednesday that the 10-year-old was nabbed following a report that a vehicle battery had been thrown from Block 4 at about 6.20pm.

It was later revealed that the boy and his 11-year-old brother had also thrown a small speaker earlier in the day, and the older boy was subsequently arrested.

"Sometimes, they can be noisy and naughty. I told them already, and they know how serious this is," said the 60-year-old grandaunt, who works as a cleaner.

The boys' parents are divorced.

Their father, a security guard, visits them three or four times a week and calls to check on them daily, she said.

When visited by The Straits Times at home, the boys did not dispute the allegations against them.

They said that, at 11am, they hurled the speaker from the lift landing on the seventh floor.

At 6pm that day, they went up to the top floor of the 14-storey block to throw the battery, which they found on another floor. This landed near a passer-by and his friends, who had been sitting at a nearby pavilion.

The two boys are understood to be out on police bail.

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper,  a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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