Youths Who Slashed Two Men In Boon Lay Are Now Accused Of Being Members Of Secret Society


In a recent update on the Boon Lay slashing incident the youths accused of slashing two men are now accused of being members of a secret society.

According to ST, each of them was handed two charges under the Societies Act on Monday (April 25).

Previously on April 7, the duo was arrested for using weapons to attack two men in Boon Lay Drive after a police manhunt.

The 20-year-old Muhammad Sajid Saleem is accused of being a member of the group between July 2020 and April this year. The other youth, 19, is said to be part of the group between 2016 and April this year.

He was 14 years old in 2016 and cannot be named as those accused of committing offences before they turn 18 are covered under the Children and Young Persons Act.

They are now facing four charges each.

Earlier this month, they were each charged with two counts of voluntarily causing grievous hurt with weapons.

According to court documents, the pair were in a carpark near Block 175 Boon Lay Drive at around 5pm on April 6 when they allegedly used bread knives to attack Mr Praveen Raj Chanthiran and Mr Sarakumar.

The documents do not disclose the victims’ ages but the police said in an earlier statement that the youths had allegedly attacked two men, aged 22 and 23.

In an earlier court session, the court heard that one of the victims suffered 20 cuts.

The friend of victims Mr Emmanuel had told the media that they were close family friends, and added that he knew one of the alleged attackers.

On Thursday April 28, the alleged offenders were each offered bail of $40,000. Each youth was initially offered bail of $30,000.

After they were charged on Monday with offences under the Societies Act, the prosecution asked for their bails to be revoked, ST reported.

Deputy Public Prosecutor R. Arvindren said: “The evidence shows that the earlier offence had secret society undertones. There is real possibility of further violence if the accused persons are released.”

After hearing both sides, the court decided to grant the pair bail, albeit in higher amounts. The case involving the two youths have been adjourned to May 26.

For each count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt with weapons, an offender can be jailed for up to 15 years and fined or caned. For each charge under the Societies Act, an offender can be jailed for up to three years and fined up to $5,000.

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