Four charged with throwing Molotov cocktails
They allegedly went to St James Power Station on Tuesday armed with four petrol-filled bottles.
The four men then allegedly set the bottles alight - creating Molotov cocktails - before hurling them at the main entrance between 2.10am and 2.25am that day.
Yesterday, Cephas Ho Jin An and Eugene Lim Huang Shen, both 23, and Bryan Ho Chang Rong and Toh Wei Yi, both 26, were each charged with one count of committing mischief by fire.
The four men, who were all dressed in black T-shirts, appeared calm in the dock as the charges were read.
St James Power Station. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
No bail was offered, and they are in remand at Central Police Division.
They will be back in court next Thursday.
If convicted of committing mischief by fire, they can each be jailed up to seven years and fined.
NO BAIL: These two men were among the four charged in court yesterday. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
In a press release on Wednesday evening, the police said they are looking for Mr Daryl Tay Kai Long, 26, to help them with their investigations into the case.
No further details were revealed.
One of Mr Tay's ex-colleagues at a tattoo studio told The New Paper he was a tattoo artist apprentice with Mr Tay for a-year-and-half.
The man, who declined to be identified, said: "I view him as an older brother as he always stood up for me when I was younger and new to the tattoo scene."
He said Mr Tay left his job about a year ago, but kept in touch with him through occasional Facebook messages.
"The last time he messaged me was about three to four months ago."
- Additional reporting by Cynthia Choo
Other Molotov cocktail incidents
The contents of a modern-day molotov cocktail include a flammable liquid in a bottle and a petrol-soaked rag to be ignited.
Since these ingredients are easily accessible, it has become a choice weapon for rioters.
The Malaysian 2013 election involved several Molotov cocktail attacks which targeted the Barisan Nasional operations centre near Buntong, Perak.
In the November 2014 Ferguson riots in the US, sparked by a policeman shooting and killing a black teen, police were attacked with Molotov cocktails.
In December last year, a scorned husband threw one of these devices at his wife in Malaysia and pictures of the fire went viral on whatsapp.
Closer home, in October 2000, a seven-year old boy suffered burns on 27 per cent of his body and had to undergo a six-hour operation after a man threw two Molotov cocktails at him in Tampines.
And in May 2007, loansharks threw fire bombs at a flat in Hougang.
FIRE BOMBS: A protester prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail in Ramallah, Palestine. PHOTO: REUTERS