Thursday, 9 April 2015

Singapore Teenagers Up Against The Law

Actions of teen who assaulted foreign workers ‘sickening’: Shanmugam

The actions of 18-year-old Daryl Lim - who was on Monday (Apr 20) sentenced to 10 days of detention and 150 hours of community service for assaulting foreign workers with his friends - are “unacceptable” and “sickening”, said Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.

“To think that a young man who has benefited from the system can act with such cruelty, without compassion, without empathy, and without any kind of consideration,” he said on the sidelines of the 7th Meeting of Singapore Honorary-Consuls General.

It was previously reported that Daryl, an Institute of Technical Education student, and his friends had decided to practise their martial arts skills by assaulting foreign workers last September and October.

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Fighting is OK provided the other guy doesn’t hit back

Unfortunately, the government has decided that Singapore needs a new martyr and so, in the wake of ensuring young Amos gets jail time for his online rants, they decided to slap another teenager who did something far worse with 10-days in detention.

Daryl Lim decided that he was bored and it would be laugh to try and beat up a couple of foreign workers. One fine day, young Mr. Lim and his mates decided to beat the crap out of a 48-year old Chinese National and then do a runner. For beating the shit out of someone, young Daryl was sentenced to 10 days in detention and despite being involved in four incidents between September and October 2014, the judge decided that reformative training wasn’t necessary and somehow his probation officer decided the risk of him re-offending was rather low.
So here you have it – jail time for a kid who behaved stupidly online and a slap on the wrist for a young hooligan. What’s going on here?

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Teen who attacked foreign workers out of boredom jailed

A teenager who assaulted foreign workers with his friends because he was bored and thought they would not fight back was sentenced to 10 days’ detention yesterday.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of reformative training, which involves a minimum of 18 months in detention. Daryl Lim Jun Liang, 18, was also ordered to report to a supervision officer every day for one year, during which he has to wear an electronic tag and observe a curfew from 10am to 6pm.

Lim, who was involved in four such incidents in September and October last year, also has to perform 150 hours of community service within the year. Youths aged 14 to 21 who are sentenced to reformative training undergo structured counselling as well as academic and vocational training for up to two-and-a-half years. In contrast, short detentions are more lenient community-based sentences.

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15-year-old teen arrested for alleged loanshark harassment

A 15-year-old teenager, suspected to be involved in a series of loanshark harassment cases, has been arrested.

In a statement today, the police said they had nabbed the youth at Block 351, Tampines Street 33 at about 4.30pm on Apr 6. The police first received a report on loanshark harassment on Apr 3, after the front door of a HDB unit at Woodlands Street 82 was set on fire.

The boy is also believed to be involved in other similar cases. He will be charged in court on Apr 8.

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Teenage blogger who called Lee Kuan Yew a 'horrible person' is arrested by Singapore police
Amos Yee likened the late founding prime minister to 'malicious' Jesus Christ

A teenage boy who posted a video describing late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as a “horrible person” has been arrested by Singapore police.

YouTube blogger Amos Yee uploaded the eight-minute video, called ‘Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!’ on 27 March.

Police have confirmed that a 17-year-old male Singaporean has been arrested.

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Pic: the Hoax Screenshot which was being circulated online

A student under the age of 16 is currently assisting police with investigations in relation to the fake screenshot of the PMO website announcing Lee Kuan Yew's death on Wednesday afternoon. 

Here is the Police statement in full:
  • On 18 March 2015 at about 10.10pm, the Police were alerted to multiple messages that were being circulated regarding a screenshot photograph of a statement purportedly from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) website.
  • The Police established the identity of the suspect within 24 hours. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect was believed to have modified an earlier 2010 PMO media statement hosted on the PMO website and subsequently sent out a photo of the modified content.
  • The suspect is a male Singaporean student, below 16 years of age, and is believed to have operated alone. He is assisting the Police with investigations for the offence of Access with Intent to Commit or Facilitate Commission of Offence under Section 4(1) of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Chapter 50A, which carries a punishment of a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both.
  • Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sekher Warrier, advised members of public not to spread falsehoods. The Police take a very stern view against anyone who doctors a government website to spread false information to deceive the public. Individuals who do so must be prepared to face the consequences under the law.
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Children Handcuffed And Arrested By Police
At 9.33am, Facebook user Shan Ang posted a photo of police officers handcuffing three young boys outside the shopping mall along East Coast Road

The three boys arrested outside 112 Katong mall yesterday “were handcuffed for the safety of them and others”, said a police statement today.

At 9.33am, Facebook user Shan Ang posted a photo of police officers handcuffing three young boys outside the shopping mall along East Coast Road. Ang wrote: “I just saw three very young kids under handcuffs. Pains my heart that the police handcuff young kids.”

Police later confirmed the arrests.

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Five Singaporean youths arrested for graffiti at Toa Payoh HDB block rooftop
Singapore Police Force Facebook, 10 May 2014

Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh.

On 7 May 2014 at 6.47am, Police received a report of graffiti being painted on the exterior wall of the roof top of Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Following the report, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and Tanglin Police Division conducted extensive ground enquiries and managed to establish the identity of the suspects. On 9 May 2014, an operation was mounted which led to the arrest of the five suspects.

The five suspects will be charged in Court on 10 May 2014 for the offense of Vandalism with Common Intention under Sec 3 of the Vandalism Act, Cap 341 read with Sec 34 of the Penal Code. This offence carries a punishment of imprisonment of up to three years or fine up to S$2,000, and shall also, subject to Sec 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, be punished with at least three strokes of the cane. Link

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Full protections must be given to minors in Toa Payoh case

If you’re 17 years old in Singapore, you don’t qualify to vote. You don’t qualify to be conscripted.

However, you apparently qualify to have your identity exposed and your character dragged through the mud if you stand accused of a crime.

Most of the mainstream media publications in Singapore have been quick to censor the “sensitive” aspects of the graffiti that was scrawled in public view. They seem equally anxious to “expose” and humiliate the alleged perpetrators of this “sensitive” crime. Faces of the 17 year old boys in the police van squinting in the glare of camera flash adorn the online versions of the mainstream press. The boys look visibly shaken.

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Amos Yee and the hypocrisy of some responsible speech advocates

Within 2 days of posting his anti-LKY video, Amos Yee became the subject of 20 police reports lodged against him. In the week that followed, he became the subject of ever more insults and spurious speculation.

In response to this, Cherian George, the Director of Asia Journalism Fellowship, cautioned people against treating Amos as an adult in a widely shared Facebook post. He pointed out that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Amos is still a child, and regardless of how much he seeks publicity, he is at a stage of life where he needs to be protected—even from himself. Quoting Article 40 of the Convention, Cherian explains:
”every child alleged as, accused of, or recognized as having infringed the penal law” must be “treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of dignity and worth” – which means, among other things, that states must guarantee that the child has “his or her privacy fully respected at all stages of the proceedings”.
Despite this, two local celebrities have raised questions about his upbringing and suggested that he may be suffering from a mental illness. During an interview with SPH razor on Friday, 3 April, Gurmit Singh and Quan Yifeng shared their thoughts on the Amos Yee incident, perhaps to generate publicity for their latest film Young & Fabulous.

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United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty


11. For the purposes of the Rules, the following definitions should apply:

  • (a) A juvenile is every person under the age of 18. The age limit below which it should not be permitted to deprive a child of his or her liberty should be determined by law;
  • (b) The deprivation of liberty means any form of detention or imprisonment or the placement of a person in a public or private custodial setting, from which this person is not permitted to leave at will, by order of any judicial, administrative or other public authority.
12. The deprivation of liberty should be effected in conditions and circumstances which ensure respect for the human rights of juveniles. Juveniles detained in facilities should be guaranteed the benefit of meaningful activities and programmes which would serve to promote and sustain their health and self-respect, to foster their sense of responsibility and encourage those attitudes and skills that will assist them in developing their
potential as members of society.

13. Juveniles deprived of their liberty shall not for any reason related to their status be denied the civil, economic, political, social or cultural rights to which they are entitled under national or international law, and which are compatible with the deprivation of liberty.


17. Juveniles who are detained under arrest or awaiting trial ("untried") are presumed innocent and shall be treated as such. Detention before trial shall be avoided to the extent possible and limited to exceptional circumstances. Therefore, all efforts shall be made to apply alternative measures. When preventive detention is nevertheless used, juvenile courts and investigative bodies shall give the highest priority to the most expeditious processing of such cases to ensure the shortest possible duration of detention. Untried detainees should be separated from convicted juveniles.

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