Man arrested for assaulting enforcement officers attached to NEA with sickle

A bloodstained sickle was found by the police near the scene of the crime. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Two Certis officers attached to the National Environment Agency (NEA) were allegedly assaulted by a man in Canberra Link on Monday (Nov 9) evening.

A bloodstained sickle was found by the police near the scene of the crime.

The police said they were informed of the incident at about 7.30pm. The 30-year-old suspect had allegedly punched one officer in the face, and slashed the other on his arm and legs with a sickle.

He fled the scene before police officers arrived.

Both officers were conscious when taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras and the two officers' body-worn cameras, officers from Woodlands Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him within seven hours of the crime.

He will be charged in court on Wednesday with voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon.

If convicted, he faces a fine, a jail term of up to seven years, caning or any combination of the three punishments.

On Tuesday, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu said in a Facebook post that the officers were attacked after issuing a fine for a smoking offence.

She added that acts of violence against officers are taken "very seriously", and that any act of abuse against public officers will not be tolerated.

"Our officers work hard to safeguard the well-being of Singaporeans," said Ms Fu.

"They deserve our respect, and the right to safety in discharging their duties. They must know that we've got their backs covered. I wish the officers a speedy recovery."

She also reminded the public that "this is not the time to ignore our safe management measures", adding that she was concerned to see an increasing number of "flagrant violations of the rules".

"I urge you to continue to observe the measures to keep your family and friends safe from infection," said Ms Fu.

In May, a 61-year-old man accused of attacking a safe distancing enforcement officer with a sharp instrument was charged with attempted murder.

Singaporean Ahirrudin Al-Had Haji Arrifin was accused of attacking the National Parks Board officer with a knife on May 4, seriously injuring the latter's chest, arm and hand.

The victim and his colleague were installing some signs when they came across Ahirrudin, who was cutting plants illegally without a mask, said the police.

The accused then turned aggressive when he was approached, and fled on a bicycle after the attack.

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