Point of law: Sin­ga­pore se­nior probed for tooth­picks in bus

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Sin­ga­pore - A 60 year old Sin­ga­porean could be jailed for up to two years if found guilty of stick­ing tooth­picks into a bus seat in a sus­pected case of ‘mis­chief’, po­lice said.

Sin­ga­pore, whose crime rates are among the world’s low­est, has tough laws for mi­nor of­fences such as van­dal­ism, which can be pun­ished with can­ing. Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a bus com­pany in the city-state re­ported last week that one of their ve­hi­cles’ pas­sen­ger seats was per­fo­rated with tooth­picks.

‘Through ex­ten­sive ground en­quiries and with the as­sis­tance of CCTV footages, of­fi­cers es­tab­lished the iden­tity of the sus­pect’, they said in a state­ment. A Face­book user posted pictures at the end of last month of three tooth­picks stick­ing out of a bus seat, with the post shared more than 2,500 times.

‘This hap­pens to me this morn­ing (Thank God, I did check be­fore I sat down)’, the woman user wrote.

If found guilty of the of­fence of mis­chief, the sus­pect - whose iden­tity was not re­vealed - could be jailed for up to two years or fined, or both. Sin­ga­pore has faced crit­i­cism about crack­ing down hard on mi­nor crimes. In 2015 two young Ger­man men were sen­tenced to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for spray-paint­ing a metro train.

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