Lawyer granted access to teen in rooftop graffiti case

Lawyer granted access to teen in rooftop graffiti case
David William Graaskov (middle) and Goh Rong Liang (right) arriving at the State Courts 10 May 2014. The duo and three other teenagers have been charged with vandalism by spraying graffiti on a Toa Payoh HDB block.

SINGAPORE - A lawyer was yesterday granted access to his teenage client who is alleged to have been part of a group who vandalised a block in Toa Payoh last week.

Mr Choo Zheng Xi met 17-year-old David William Graaskov last night at Tanglin Police Division, where he is being held during investigations. His parents were also present.

The prosecution did not object to the lawyer's application for immediate access but opposed his second application for a gag order to prevent the publication of any information that may lead to the youngster's identification.

Graaskov - along with Goh Rong Liang, Boaz Koh Wen Jie, Chay Nam Shen and Reagan Tan Chang Zhi, all 17 - has been charged with vandalism by spraying graffiti on walls at the top of the 22-storey Block 85A in Lorong 4 Toa Payoh at about 12.30am on May 7.

They are said to have sprayed expletive-filled words in red against the People's Action Party and police, before signing off with the name "Mike Cool". All five will return to court tomorrow.

In court yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tang Shangjun told the court that the prosecution would not object to Graaskov's parents speaking to him in the dock. However, District Judge Eddy Tham disallowed this and permitted the teen to call his parents instead.

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