Man gets jail and rotan for island-wide harassment activities

A delivery attendant who went on an island-wide harassment spree with another man was jailed for 37 months and ordered to be given 15 strokes of the cane on Thursday.

Ivan Chia Kian Boon, 22, who faced 20 charges, admitted to five counts of harassment together with Derance Tan Hwee Peng, 25, and one charge of giving false information to the police.

A district court heard that in May this year, Tan told Chia that he was working as a harasser for an unlicensed moneylender. Chia asked if he could join him as he needed money to pay off his traffic fines.

Tan agreed. Before they started their harassment activities, Tan asked Chia if he had any friends that could provide addresses for them to commit harassment as the loanshark he was working for, known as Michael, was giving him too few addresses.

Chia then approached his friend, Collin, who subsequently supplied him addresses.

Between May 21 and 24, the pair went round harassing flat dwellers in Jurong East, Telok Blangah, Bedok, Boon Lay and Pasir Ris by splashing paint on their doors and defacing walls of staircase landings.

In some instances, they used bicycle locks to lock the main gates.

District Judge Marvin Bay said it was clear Chia perpetrated an island-wide "reign of terror'' by his hard-core harassment tactics which actually included using bicycle locks on the doors of the properties harassed, placing inhabitants in fear and danger.

Tan had been given 39 months' jail and 18 strokes of the cane on six charges.

Chia, who has a robbery conviction, could have been jailed for up to five years, fined up to $50,000 and given up to six strokes of the cane on each harassment charge.