Football: Singaporean charged with damaging London ambulance during World Cup, report British media

Singaporean Jian Kangyue, believed to be the man (centre) in this photo, is accused of smashing up an ambulance in London on July 7, 2018.
Singaporean Jian Kangyue, believed to be the man (centre) in this photo, is accused of smashing up an ambulance in London on July 7, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - A Singaporean man accused of smashing up an ambulance in London after England beat Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals will stand trial for criminal damage.

Jian Kangyue, 26, two Englishmen and a Scottish woman were reported to have smashed the emergency vehicle's windscreen and made dents in its bonnet on July 7, according to the Daily Mail. The other three accused were named as Scott Dennett, 25, James Elton, 27 and Larissa Bell, 21.

The quartet appeared at Camberwell Magistrates Court in London on Thursday (Nov 29), and were accused of causing total damage of £6,867.42 (S$12,007). The incident also left the ambulance out of service for 34 days.

The Daily Mail said Bell and Dennett did not indicate pleas but Jian and Elton both pleaded not guilty.

Jian has been identified by the efinancialcareers website as "junior JP Morgan trader" Perry Jian, a former student of the Singapore Management University.

Prosecutor Dami Eniola told the court that seven people "were caught by social media footage to be seen on the vehicle and the bonnet".

The ambulance had been parked on a street and was surrounded by joyous fans celebrating the Three Lions' victory.


Singaporean Jian Kangyue, believed to be the man (centre) in this photo, is accused of smashing up an ambulance in London on July 7, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ms Eniola said the damage had occurred while the driver of the ambulance was tending to a member of the public who had fallen and suffered a head wound.

"The bonnet was dented, the windshield was smashed, essentially it was dented," she added.

Police managed to arrest and question the four defendants.

They are reportedly out on bail and will appear at Inner London Crown Court on Jan 8. If found guilty, they could face time in jail. Ms Eniola added that the criminal damage charge has a starting point of 12 weeks in prison.