Man charged with vandalising room in State Courts

Facade of The State Courts building at No. 1 Havelock Square.
Facade of The State Courts building at No. 1 Havelock Square. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 52-year-old man was charged on Friday (July 22) with vandalising a room at the State Courts' pre-trial conference centre on Wednesday.

No plea was taken from Ho Bak Choon.

He is accused of writing the names of a secret society on a wall and a Chinese secret society clan on the wooden door of the PTC centre video link room with a red marker at about 1 pm on Wednesday (July 20).

The room is for lawyers and their clients to hold discussions.

State Courts called the police at about 2.40pm that day.

Ho is said to have been wearing a cap when he entered the centre during lunch when the room on the mezzanine floor was empty.

He left the State Courts but returned later and was arrested.

He is being remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation.

He will appear in court again on Aug 5.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term of up to three years.

Convicted vandals below the age of 50 face up to eight strokes of the cane.