Man charged over crane incident

Man charged over crane incident
After three and a half hours, the Chinese national worker agrees to come down from the ten-storey tall crane.

SINGAPORE- A Chinese national who allegedly climbed a tower crane at a construction site was charged in court yesterday with criminal trespass.

Zhang Huanjun, 33, is accused of ascending the tower crane used by China Construction (South Pacific) Development at the site in West Coast Crescent with the intention of causing annoyance to the project manager of the company.

Zhang refused to come down unless he was given a sum of $15,000 that he had demanded.

The alleged offence took place at about 7.30am on Tuesday.

Earlier reports said personnel from the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Civil Defence Force and China Construction (South Pacific) Development tried to coax Zhang to safety.

A foreman went up the crane and managed to convince Zhang to descend at 11.20am.

An $8,000 bail was set. As no one posted bail for him, Zhang was remanded and his passport has been impounded.

He will appear in court next Thursday.

The maximum penalty for criminal trespass is three months' jail and a $1,500 fine.

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