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Student, 16, helped ex-schoolmate commit loan shark offences after being threatened

Published on Jul 31, 2014 1:07 PM
 
A chance meeting between two former schoolmates took an illegal twist after one of them revealed he was a loan shark runner and threatened to splash paint at the other's home if the other did not come along on a harrassment run. -- ST GRAPHIC

SINGAPORE - A chance meeting between two former schoolmates took an illegal twist after one of them revealed he was a loan shark runner and threatened to splash paint at the other's home if the other did not come along on a harrassment run.

Together with a female accomplice, Josiah Chua Weijie, 16, ended up keeping a lookout on two separate occasions as Dave Kek Jun Qi, 18, splashed red paint outside two HDB flats and vandalised the staircase landings nearby.

On Thursday, Josiah pleaded guilty to helping his former senior commit an offence under the Moneylenders Act on Feb 14. He also admitted to one similar offence, committed the next day, as well as an unrelated count of theft in dwelling. Both of these will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced on Aug 28.

The court heard that while heading home on the evening of Feb 13, Josiah bumped into Dave, who said he was working as a loan shark runner and planned to go to two places in the Pasir Ris area later that evening to help a loan shark harass residents.

 
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