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'Samurai' man with sword on train charged, remanded at IMH

39-year-old remanded at IMH pending psychiatric check

Published on Dec 19, 2013 8:28 AM
A man believed to be Chua wielding a sword. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK PAGE OF PETER CHUA

The man who drew a samurai sword on an MRT train faces a jail term of up to five years and at least six strokes of the cane after he was charged in court.

Peter Chua Teck Choon, a 39-year-old pugilist who teaches swordfighting at a martial arts school near Lavender MRT station, was charged on Tuesday for possessing a scheduled weapon under Section 7(1)(a) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act.

He was also remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) pending a psychiatric evaluation.

On Monday, while dressed partially in a samurai outfit and carrying a sheathed sword, he reportedly jumped the fare gate at Paya Lebar MRT station. Chua was later photographed wielding a drawn blade inside a train while fellow passengers standing behind security officers gave him a wide berth.

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