Five arrested for fighting at Jalan Besar
They allegedly hit one another with pieces from wooden pallet behind Jalan Besar condo
She was about to go to bed when she heard a commotion at the back alley behind her condominium at Jalan Besar.
She initially brushed it off, thinking it was caused by the usual drunkards. But when the voices got louder and more aggressive, she got worried.
"I soon realised these men weren't just drunk and shouting, but fighting. And they were very close to my block, judging from how loud they were," she said.
A police spokesman confirmed the incident and said they arrested five men, aged 21 to 28, for affray at about 1am on Sunday near the condominium.
Ms Grace, who lives alone, told The New Paper that she was preparing to go to sleep just past midnight when she heard shouting.
She did not dare to go to her balcony for fear of being seen, so she shouted from her bathroom window at the group to pipe down.
It worked became the noise quietened down, but only by a bit.
"I think they moved farther away. I could still hear the shouting, just that it was more muffled," she said.
A few minutes later, Ms Grace's neighbour sent her a text message and said the police had arrived at the scene.
When they went downstairs to see what was happening, the police officers had rounded up the men, who were allegedly fighting and hitting one another with pieces from a wooden pallet.
The pieces of wood could be seen strewn on the ground at the alley, said Ms Grace, who also showed TNP close-circuit television camera footage of the incident.
In the video, the group of five men appear at the entrance to the alley. Three of them start pushing the other two against a wall while gesticulating wildly.
At some point, a fourth man joins the larger group.
One man is seen hitting one of the two victims with an long object and his group later drags the man along the ground.
Ms Grace said the officers took an hour to take the men's statements before handcuffing them and taking them away in police cars at around 2am.
The police spokesman said investigations are ongoing.
Ms Grace said this was the first time a fight had broken out near her home since she moved in four years ago.
She also complained about other instances of bad behaviour, such as drunkards sleeping at her condominium's parking lot for the handicapped, or urinating and even defecating in the area.
"I just hope the authorities will clamp down on such behaviour. Nobody likes such things to happen near their home," she said.
I soon realised these men weren't just drunk and shouting, but fighting. And they were very close to my block, judging from how loud they were.
- Ms Grace