On Saturday, a 36-year-old man was arrested for his alleged involvement in a case of public nuisance.
The police received a report on Sunday regarding an incident that occurred on Saturday morning near Kovan MRT station.
According to the report, a nine-year-old boy, who was accompanied by his seven-year-old brother on their way to classes, was reportedly assaulted by the man. The older boy recounted that the man, whom he had no prior knowledge of, not only physically slapped him but also used offensive language towards him.
Furthermore, the older boy claimed that the man had also used offensive language towards him. Using closed-circuit television footage and on-site investigations, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division identified the man and subsequently arrested him on the same day.
According to posts shared on Facebook by multiple users as “shared post” the parents of the young boys, who were on their way to Weekend Madrasah, the ordeal began when an unidentified individual, described as a “random Ch*n*s* guy,” reportedly slapped Hamzah in the face.
What followed was a harrowing encounter as the aggressor continued to verbally abuse and menace the boys, even gesturing obscenities.
The incident unfolded at Kovan MRT station, where the assailant followed the boys off the train and continued to harass them at the street level.
Shockingly, despite the presence of passersby, no one came to the aid of the terrified youngsters.
The motive behind this assault remains a mystery, but it is noteworthy that the boys were dressed in traditional Islamic attire, wearing songkok and kurtah. Hamzah and Hanzholah are both minors, with Hamzah in primary 4 and Hanzholah in primary 2.
The individual will face charges in court on Monday for causing public disturbance and inflicting harm upon a minor under 14 years of age.
Those found guilty of voluntarily causing harm to a person under 14 can face a penalty of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Similarly, individuals found guilty of causing public disturbance may be subject to a fine of up to $2,000.
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