Man slapped child in Sengkang but alleged assault is non-arrestable

Man slapped child in Sengkang but alleged assault is non-arrestable

Mothership.SG·2018-01-11 19:10

Kneed in the back and hit on the head

A Facebook post detailing the assault of a five-year-old child at a minimart in Sengkang has gathered over 7000 shares and 1,000 comments since being uploaded on Jan. 8, 2018.

However, the account, written by the victim’s mother Vivien Chan, also accused the police of being “inefficient, unresponsive, unreliable, disappointing” when dealing with the case:

According to the mother, the incident occurred on Jan. 6 before 9am, at Block 182A Rivervale Crescent.

In case you can’t see it, here are the videos and photo:

From the minimart’s CCTV footage, the man could be seen kneeing the child in the back as the boy walked past.

A few moments later, he returned to hit the boy on his head. The boy could be seen recoiling.

The domestic helper then shielded the boy to prevent the attacker from doing more harm.

The domestic helper then alerted the parents, who called the police.

By then, the man had disappeared, but the family received further instructions to call the police again if they should encounter the attacker.

Second encounter with attacker

In the same evening, after the boy had been to the hospital, the family managed to find out where the attacker lived.

However, when the police arrived, no arrests were made.

Chan then expressed her frustration at the lack of action taken, despite the fact that they had evidence, eye-witnesses, and the location of the perpetrator.

On-going investigations

However, in a police statement released on Jan. 9, the case has been classified as Voluntarily Causing Hurt, which is a non-arrestable offence.

This is the statement in full:

“On 6 January 2018, the Police received a report that a 5-year-old boy was slapped by an unknown man at Block 182A Rivervale Crescent. Based on the preliminary details and statements of the parties concerned, the case was classified as Voluntarily Causing Hurt, under section 323 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which is a non-arrestable offence.

The police also revealed that they have interviewed the man and engaged the parents of the boy.

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Top image from adapted video


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