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GROUP OF 9 BRAWLING AFTER DRINKING TOO MUCH, ONE MAN SENT TO HOSPITAL

A fight broke out on 16 January in the wee hours among a group of 10 people who had apparently drank too much alcohol.

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According to Lianhe Zaobao, a witness said that he saw the group of middle-aged people drinking at a park at Toa Payoh Lorong 5 at about 1am.

An argument soon ensued and a fight then broke out among the group, with beer bottles and plastic chairs being used as weapons.

The fracas even spilled onto the road.

One of the younger men in the group was apparently injured from the brawl and a woman was heard shouting “why did you beat my son?”

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Police investigating

The police said that they were alerted to the incident at about 3.25am and when they arrived, they found a group of 9 people in the midst of a heated commotion.

A 20-year-old man was conveyed to the hospital conscious.

The police said that they are looking into the case of voluntarily causing hurt, breach of safe distancing measures and breach of the Liquor Control Act.

Potential penalties

Voluntarily causing hurt

According to Chapter 321 of the Penal Code, anyone who performs an act that causes hurt to a person is guilty of Voluntarily Causing Hurt.

Upon conviction, offenders could face a jail term of up to 3 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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Breach of safe distancing measures

First-time offenders who breach safe distancing measures are fined $300.

For non-compliance with safe management measures, offenders may be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$10,000, or both.

Liquor Control Act

Under the Liquor Control Act, those caught drinking in public after 10.30pm, face a fine of up to $1,000 while repeat offenders face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail term of up to 3 months.

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