Three of five teens in rooftop vandalism case face fresh charge of criminal trespass

SINGAPORE - Three of the five 17-year-olds accused of vandalising the rooftop of a Toa Payoh block of flats were given an additional charge of criminal trespass at the rooftop of Bishan MRT station on Friday.

Boaz Koh Wen Jie, Chay Nam Shen and Reagan Tan Chang Zhi are accused of climbing over the wall fencing to enter Bishan MRT station with intent to cause annoyance, sometime between April and June last year.

Koh now faces a total of 11 charges while Chay and Tan each have 10 charges.

The trio, together with Goh Rong Liang and David William Graaskov, had been accused of committing vandalism by using indelible spray paint to spray graffiti at the rooftop of Block 85A, Lorong 4, Toa Payoh at about 12.30am on May 7.

They were also accused of having stolen four spray cans from Mr Leong Chee Fatt's lorry parked in front of Block 54, Lorong 5, Toa Payoh the night before.

Between end April and early May at about 10pm, the five had apparently committed criminal trespass at the same rooftop.

All except Goh are also alleged to have trespassed at Marina Bay Suites in Marina Boulevard on March 29, and a construction site at Jalan Rajah late last year.

Three of them - Koh, Chay and Tan - allegedly committed mischief by spraying a fire extinguisher and causing damage of $70 at the 65th-storey rooftop of Marina Bay Suites in February this year.

Koh has been accused of another vandalism charge by spraying graffiti on the walls of the rooftop of Block 60 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh on March 28 this year.

The prosecution informed the court that there would be no further charges.

A pre-trial conference will be held on July 29.

The maximum penalty for vandalism is a fine of $2,000 or three years' jail with three to eight strokes of the cane. For criminal trespass, the maximum punishment is three months' jail and a $1,500 fine.