Singapore

Man accused of slashing Certis officer with a sickle charged with assault

A man who allegedly slashed a Certis enforcement officer with a sickle earlier this week was charged yesterday with one count of assault.

Vikneswaran Sivan, a 30-year-old Singaporean, is accused of using the weapon to slash Mr Mohamad Afiq Mohamad Jamil's calves at Block 503C Canberra Link near Sembawang Road at around 7.40pm on Monday.

Certis and the National Environment Agency (NEA) had said in an earlier joint statement that Mr Afiq and another Certis officer were on enforcement duty against public health offences, such as littering and smoking, when the incident occurred. Both officers were attached to the NEA at the time.

After another person was issued a fine for a smoking offence, Vikneswaran allegedly attacked Mr Afiq.

The agencies said the attacker "was present but not implicated in the smoking enforcement action".

Vikneswaran was arrested within seven hours of the incident.

His bail was set at $15,000 yesterday and his case has been adjourned to Dec 9.

For voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon, an offender can be jailed for up to seven years and fined or caned. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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