Probation for two more teenagers in rooftop graffiti case

Probation for two more teenagers in rooftop graffiti case
Reagan Tan Chang Zhi (left) and Chay Nam Shen, both 18, were ordered to undergo 24 months of probation. Under the order, they have to perform 180 hours of community service.

Two teenagers who spray-painted graffiti on the rooftop of a block of flats in Toa Payoh were ordered to undergo 24 months of probation yesterday.

Chay Nam Shen and Reagan Tan Chang Zhi, both 18, had admitted to five of 10 charges of vandalism, theft and criminal trespass.

They are the second and third youths to be given probation after David William Graaskov, also 18, was sentenced to 15 months' probation in January for theft and criminal trespass.

The trio were part of a group of five who stole four cans of spray paint from a parked lorry in Toa Payoh Lorong 5 on the night of May 6 last year.

It was suggested among the group that they should "spray" the rooftop of Block 85A in Lorong 4.

Except for Graaskov, the rest, including Boaz Koh Wen Jie and Goh Rong Liang, proceeded to the rooftop after midnight on May 7 to vandalise the walls, spraying expletives against the People's Action Party.

Investigation further revealed that the five were also involved in other offences.

They had trespassed on the secured premises of Marina Bay Suites in Marina Boulevard on March 29 the same year.

Chay, Tan, Koh and Graaskov had also climbed over a fence to enter a construction site in Jalan Rajah some time between October and December 2013.

Under the probation order, Chay and Tan have to perform 180 hours of community service, and remain indoors between 10pm and 6am, as well as be electronically tagged for six months.

Their parents had to sign an $8,000 bond each to ensure their good behaviour.


This article was first published on March 3, 2015.
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