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The two who fled S'pore last year

He was granted bail of $25,000, but he failed to return from the trip. -TNP

Sun, May 20, 2012
The New Paper

Right: Robert James Springall, left: Robert James Springall

They are accused of being involved in a brawl at Suntec City on April 11, 2010, during which four people were assaulted.

One of them, Robert Stephen Dahlberg, 35, faces one charge each of causing hurt by an act which endangers life and voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

The New Zealander had been granted bail by the court to leave for London and Hong Kong from July 11 to 29 last year.

He was granted bail of $25,000, but he failed to return from the trip.

A warrant of arrest was issued on Sept 12 last year.

The other man is Briton Robert James Springall, 25.

He faces one charge each of using a taxi without the owner's consent, voluntarily causing hurt to a cabby, Mr Tan Boon Kin, 57, and failing to keep a proper lookout while driving the vehicle, resulting in a collision with a signage pole.

He applied to the court on Aug 11 last year for permission to go to the United Kingdom, saying that his grandfather had suffered a stroke.

His request was granted by the judge and his court bail of $6,000 was doubled. He was then allowed to leave Singapore from Aug 25 to Sept 5 last year.

Springall returned to Singapore on Sept 5 and was supposed to surrender his passport to the authorities, but he failed to do so.

Arrest warrant

On Dec 11 last year, he flew out of Singapore and absconded. His warrant of arrest was issued in January.

Lawyer Gloria James-Civetta told The New Paper yesterday that court bails will be offered to those who want to leave the jurisdiction.

She added that they are also offered to those who have a likelihood of not complying with court attendance.

Ms James-Civetta pointed out that for court bails, bailors have to hand over the full amount at the bail centre.

This is unlike police bails, where they will just have to show proof that they have the money via items like bank books and statements.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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