The Police have arrested a 49-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty and criminal intimidation.
On 23 January 2024 at about 9.15pm, the Police were alerted to a case of assault at Block 462 Sembawang Drive. When Police officers arrived at the location, the man barricaded himself inside a residential unit together with a 52-year-old woman.
As it was assessed that the man might pose a danger to himself and to others, officers from the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU), Special Operations Command (SOC) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) also responded to the incident.
After about three hours of negotiation by CNU officers, the Police saw an opportunity to breach the unit when they observed that the woman went to the toilet, thus buying them time to ensure her safety. On 24 January 2024 at about 1.15am, the unit was successfully breached, and the man was arrested. During the arrest, the man allegedly kicked a Police officer.
The 49-year-old man will be charged in court on 25 January 2024 for the offence of voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty under Section 332 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years and a fine, or caning.
Police investigations into the offence of criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code 1871 are ongoing. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to two years, a fine or both.
The Police have zero tolerance towards acts of violence or abuse against public servants who are carrying out their duties. Offenders will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.