NZ man jumps bail, warrant of arrest issued

A New Zealander accused of being involved with two other Caucasian men in a fracas at Suntec City last year has jumped bail.

A warrant of arrest was issued against Robert Stephen Dahlberg, 34, an options broker, on Sept 12 this year, after he failed to return to Singapore from an overseas trip.

Dahlberg had been charged with committing a rash act and causing hurt to Mr Laurence Wong Seong, 38, a businessman, on April 11, 2010, at 12.17am, at Suntec City .

He is also alleged to have pushed another man, Mr Paul Louis Liew Kai Ming, 26, causing him to hit his face against a pillar.

Mr Liew is said to have fractured his nasal bone and suffered a 4cm cut on his forehead.

Dahlberg and the other two men, Robert James Springall, 24, a Briton, and Nathan Robert Miller, 35, an Australian, were charged on July 7 this year.

The Kiwi was granted bail of $25,000 and was given permission to leave Singapore for London and Hong Kong from July 11 to 29.

Springall, an options broker like Dahlberg, was released on a bail of $6,000, while Miller's bail was $10,000.

After his trip, Dahlberg was supposed to surrender his passport to the Singapore police on Aug 1.

However, The New Paper understands that he has not returned from his trip. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Dahlberg was represented by lawyer Sunil Sudheesan.

TNP tried to contact his parents at his hometown in Nelson, New Zealand, but the calls were diverted to an answering machine.

Indeed, his father, Bill, defended his son in a New Zealand Herald report on July 9. He stressed that Dahlberg was "in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong country".

Singapore has an extradition agreement with Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand, but it is not known if Dahlberg is now there.

The authorities here have to track down his whereabouts first before the Attorney-General's Chambers puts in a request for extradition.

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