The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has clarified that the New Zealander who allegedly assaulted four men in April 2010 obtained Singapore permanent residency before the incident.
Robert Stephen Dahlberg (above), 35, was charged with causing grievous hurt in July last year but jumped bail and fled Singapore. He was arrested on his return here on Sept 6.
In an interview with The New Zealand Herald published on Sept 9, his father, Mr Bill Dahlberg, had said his son had stayed in Singapore for 14 months after the incident, gaining PR status.
Asked when he had been granted PR, an ICA spokesman said it was “well before” the incident. If convicted and jailed, Dahlberg will also have his PR status reviewed.