Fewer people arrested with weapons: Police

SINGAPORE - The number of weapon-related offences have been falling over the past four years.

Numbers provided by the police showed that last year, there were 164 cases of people arrested for having an offensive weapon.

This is less than the 225 cases in 2009. In the past two years, however, there have been a number of high-profile gang-related cases involving weapons.

On Oct 30, 2010, a gang attack at Downtown East left Mr Darren Ng Wei Jie, 19, dead.

The fight started after a rival gang member accused Mr Ng of staring at them. He was slashed and died in hospital later that night.

Ng Wei Lun, 20, was the last of the group to be jailed for Mr Ng's murder. He was sentenced to four years jail and three strokes of the cane on Sept 24 this year.

And in July 2010, a gang clash at Orchard Plaza left one dead. Hassan Amat, 52, was the final person involved in that case to be dealt with and he was jailed for 10 years earlier this month.

While the police have been unable to provide a run-down of the types of weapons they have seized, past news reports indicated that parangs and knives were the most common.

Under the law, punishment for the unlawful possession of weapons is a jail term of up to five years and at least six strokes of the cane.

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