Theft of bus: Teenager charged

Theft of bus: Teenager charged
A teenager allegedly stole a private bus in Woodlands for a six-hour joyride around the island on Sunday.

A boy suspected of stealing a bus and taking it for a joyride around Singapore appeared in court yesterday.

Sixteen-year-old Muhammad Salahuddin Omar, who is deaf, is accused of stealing the 45- seater at Woodlands Industrial Park E8 at about noon on Sunday.

He is also accused of driving while under the age of 18 and without insurance.

He indicated through a sign language interpreter that he will plead guilty to the three charges.

The teenager was arrested on Sunday afternoon after allegedly taking the $20,000 vehicle for a joyride.

The prosecution told the court that more charges may be brought against him.

Bail of $15,000 was offered on the condition that he remains indoors from 10pm to 6am.

No one had posted bail for him as of 4.30pm yesterday.

The case will be mentioned again on April 7.

The maximum penalty for vehicle theft is seven years' jail, a fine and driving ban.

The punishment for underage driving or driving without insurance is a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to three months.

This article was first published on March 11, 2015.
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