Reformative training for teen slashed during Chinatown brawl

The brawl, which was captured on CCTV, left Muhammed Shazryl Hykel Abdullah with lacerations on his left thigh and slash wounds on his back. PHOTOS: KAKISCLUBSINGAPORE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A teenager who was involved in a brawl in Chinatown, which also resulted in his being injured, was sentenced on Friday (Nov 27) to at least a year of reformative training for being part of an unlawful assembly and other offences.

Muhammed Shazryl Hykel Abdullah, 19, will be detained in a reformative training centre and made to follow a strict regimen that includes foot drills as well as counselling.

A video of the melee on May 10 was captured by a closed-circuit television camera and later widely shared on social media. The clip shows two groups of people fighting along a corridor on the 16th storey of Block 101 Upper Cross Street, People's Park Centre.

Shazryl, who sustained lacerations on his left thigh and slash wounds on his back, had faced a slew of charges when he was hauled to court earlier this year.

On Nov 2, he pleaded guilty to two unrelated counts of cheating as well as one count each of being in possession of drug utensils and being part of the unlawful assembly linked to the brawl.

He also admitted to an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

The fight took place during the circuit breaker period from April 7 to June 1, when people were not allowed to leave their homes without a valid reason or meet others from different households to socialise.

Eight other charges, mainly for cheating, were considered during sentencing.

Shazryl was on the run from the law for the cheating offences when the fight broke out.

After obtaining a woman's credit cards from Dani Zulastri Mohamed Salim, Shazryl unlawfully used one of them on Nov 16 last year to buy two iPhones worth nearly $3,000 in total at Mustafa Centre.

Later that day, he used another one of her cards to buy two more iPhones worth nearly $4,000 in total at a store in VivoCity shopping mall.

All four devices were later sold for about $6,000 in total.

The rightful owner of the cards made a police report and Shazryl was charged with cheating on Dec 2 last year. But he failed to turn up in court on March 25 this year and a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

On May 10, Shazryl and his friends got into a fight with a rival group over a woman. During the brawl, two people slashed Shazryl with knives before fleeing the scene.

The police were alerted and Shazryl was found lying behind a pillar in a carpark, bleeding profusely from his wounds. An ambulance then rushed him to the Singapore General Hospital.

The police also learnt that he had a warrant of arrest.

One of his attackers - Noor Najat Alwi, 21 - was sentenced on Nov 12 to at least a year of reformative training. The case involving 19-year-old Muhammad Ilham Noordin, who is also accused of slashing Shazryl, is still pending.

The cheating case against Dani, 20, is also pending.

For each count of cheating, an offender can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

For being part of unlawful assembly, an offender can be jailed for up to five years and fined or caned.

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