Teens charged with criminal trespass at Bishan MRT station

Teens charged with criminal trespass at Bishan MRT station
Bishan MRT station.

They are accused of spray-painting expletives on a Housing Board block, discharging a fire extinguisher at an apartment rooftop, trespassing, stealing and damaging property.

Three of the five 17-year-old defendants added to the list of charges yesterday when they were accused of criminal trespass at Bishan MRT station as well. The five suspects face between four and 11 charges each.

Boaz Koh Wen Jie, Chay Nam Shen and Reagan Tan Chang Zhi are accused of climbing over fencing to get into the station between April and June last year.

There were no new charges for the other two, David William Graaskov and Goh Rong Liang.

The five were present in court yesterday for the third time, accompanied by their parents or family members.

All five, who are represented by lawyers, have already been accused of vandalism at the roof of Block 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh after midnight on May 7 this year. They had allegedly stolen four spray paint cans worth $12 from a lorry earlier.

They have also been accused of trespassing at the same rooftop on a previous occasion.

Tan and Chay are students at the Institute of Technical Education. The occupations of the other three are not known.

The group is also said to have entered the upscale Marina Bay Suites on Marina Boulevard illegally on March 29 this year. In addition, Koh, Chay and Tan have been charged with committing mischief by discharging a fire extinguisher and causing $70 worth of damage at the building's 65th-storey rooftop a month earlier.

All except Goh had allegedly also trespassed at a Jalan Rajah worksite between October and December last year. Koh faces the most charges - 11. These include spray-painting graffiti on the rooftop of another block on Toa Payoh Lorong 4 on March 28.

Lawyer Rajvant Kaur, who is representing Tan through the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, told the court she had just been briefed on the case and asked for an adjournment. Tan had been unrepresented earlier on.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled in a community court on July 29.

The accused have each been granted bail of $12,000 on condition that they remain indoors between 10pm and 6am. If convicted of vandalism, they could be fined up to $2,000, jailed for up to three years and given between three and eight strokes of the cane.

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


This article was first published on June 28, 2014.
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