Sub Courts reviewing security measures

Sub Courts reviewing security measures

SINGAPORE - The Subordinate Courts of Singapore is reviewing its security protocol, after a man was found with two penknife blades in a courtroom two weeks ago.

Sources told My Paper that Rajan Govindasamy, 51, was before a district judge in a pre-trial conference on Sept 19 when he was caught with the blades.

My Paper understands he was later taken away by court guards who were called in.

Rajan had been in Court 17 at about 4.30pm that day for proceedings on a charge related to an offence committed in July. He had been accused of possessing a knife at Marsiling MRT station on July 10, according to court documents obtained by My Paper. The knife had a 6cm-long blade.

He was charged under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to two years.

For possessing the penknife blades, Rajan was charged under the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act on Sept 21. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to three years and receive at least six strokes of the cane.

It is not known how Rajan came to possess the penknife blades in court, or how he was caught.

A spokesman for the Subordinate Courts told My Paper on Friday that it is reviewing its security protocol together with its security service providers, to "prevent similar incidents from occurring".

The spokesman said: "Ensuring the safety of our court users and staff is always our top priority."

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