THREE TEENAGERS ARRESTED FOR THE OFFENCE OF PUBLIC NUISANCE

The Police have arrested two male and one female teenagers, aged between 17 and 19, for their suspected involvement in a case of public nuisance.

On 3 March 2020, the Police received a report of an online video showing a male teenager spitting from a high floor of a shopping mall located in the central region of Singapore. Preliminary investigations revealed that a 18-year-old male teenager had spit over the railing from level 4 of the shopping mall on 28 February 2020 at about 6.30pm. The act was recorded on video and subsequently uploaded on his friends’ social media accounts.

The videos had caused alarm and annoyance at a time when Singapore is dealing with the COVID-19 situation, as infections can spread indirectly through contaminated surfaces. Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from CCTVs, officers from Central Police Division established the identities of the three teenagers and arrested them.

Police investigations are ongoing. The offence of public nuisance under Section 290 of the Penal Code carries a fine which may extend to $2,000. If the act is deemed to be able to cause with reasonable probability, any common injury, danger or annoyance to the public, or to the people in general who dwell or occupy property in the vicinity, the offence will carry an imprisonment term which may extend to three months, or a fine which may extend to $2,000, or both.

The Police take a serious view of such inconsiderate and irresponsible behaviour, especially in the current COVID-19 situation. Everyone needs to play their part by observing good personal hygiene and being socially responsible.

Source: Singapore Police Force