Safe distancing enforcement officer stabbed

The accused will be remanded for psychiatric assessment for three weeks. He is due back in court on May 27.
The accused will be remanded for psychiatric assessment for three weeks. He is due back in court on May 27.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

A safe distancing enforcement officer from the National Parks Board (NParks) was stabbed in Sengkang yesterday. His attacker, a 61-year-old man, has been arrested and will be charged in court with attempted murder tomorrow, police said.

The man was cutting plants illegally without a mask along the Sungei Serangoon Park Connector when NParks officers approached him. He became aggressive and attacked one officer with a sharp instrument. The officer was wounded in his chest, arm and hand and has been warded for surgery.

Separately, a woman who was not wearing a mask and assaulted a member of the public has been arrested and will be charged today.

The safe distancing measures aim to bring the number of cases down. Yesterday saw 573 new Covid-19 cases reported, of which five were Singapore residents. The total number of cases here to date is 18,778.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2020, with the headline 'Safe distancing enforcement officer stabbed'. Subscribe