Man to be charged with punching NEA officers at Redhill Food Centre

SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old man will be charged on Friday (Jan 14) after he allegedly punched two National Environment Agency (NEA) officers who have been conducting checks at a hawker centre.

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In a information launch on Thursday, police stated they have been alerted to a combat at Redhill Food Centre on the night of Oct 23 final 12 months. 

Investigations revealed that two NEA officers had discovered the person to be unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. When questioned, the person grew to become agitated and purportedly punched the 2 officers. 

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Police help was sought, and the person was subsequently arrested.

The man will be charged with two counts of voluntarily inflicting harm to deter a public servant from discharging his obligation. If discovered responsible, he can be jailed up to seven years, and fined or caned.

He may even be charged with the offence of coming into a meals centre with out having a cleared standing beneath COVID-19 laws. If convicted, he can be fined up to S$5,000, or jailed up to six months.

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“Members of the public are advised to take the prevailing safe management measures seriously,” stated police.

It added that it takes a “stern view” of abusive behaviour in opposition to public servants or public service employees who’re finishing up their public duties, in addition to of irresponsible behaviour relating to the flouting of secure distancing measures. 

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