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52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of vandalism in the State Court

A room at the pre-trial conference centre on the mezzanine floor of the State Courts was vandalised on Wednesday (July 20).

A 52-year-old man was arrested in connection to the case.

The room with a video link is where lawyers and their clients are allowed to confer in private.

During lunch time, when the room was empty, a man wearing a cap had entered the pre-trial conference centre.

Some Chinese characters scrawled by a red marker was found later on the wall and the matter was reported to the police. It is unknown what was being written by the man.

In response to media queries, the police confirmed they received a call on Wednesday at about 2.40pm, asking for assistance at 1 Havelock Square, the State Courts’ address.

“Upon arrival at the centre, it was established that a case of vandalism had occurred at the said location,” said a police spokesperson. The man was identified using the recording of the surveillance camera.

The man had left the State Courts but he returned not too long after and was immediately arrested.

Police say that investigation is in progress.

The maximum punishment for vandalism is a fine of up to S$2,000 or a jail term of up to three years and if convicted a person shall also be liable for caning of at least three strokes and up to eight strokes, unless it was his first conviction for vandalism.