Public Prosecutor v UQ

CourtJuvenile Court (Singapore)
JudgeWong Li Tein
Judgment Date02 August 2007
Neutral Citation[2007] SGJC 2
Citation[2007] SGJC 2
Published date18 September 2007
Plaintiff CounselINSP Ting Nge Kong
Defendant CounselThe Juvenile in person

[EDITORIAL NOTE: The details of this judgment have been changed to comply with the Children and Young Persons Act and/or the Women's Charter]

2 August 2007

Magistrate Wong Li Tein:

1 On 13 June 2007, UQ, a female juvenile aged 12 years and 10 months (“the Juvenile”), was charged with the following offences under the Penal Code:

JAC 643/2007

You, UQ, F/12 yrs, DOB: 30 Aug 1994 are charged that you, on 13th day of April 2007 at or about 1.30pm, outside Boon Lay Secondary School, along Jurong West St 65, Singapore, together with B, F/15 yrs, C, F/12 yrs, D, F/14 yrs, E/14 yrs, G, F/14 yrs, H, M/14 yrs, K, F/13 yrs, N, F/17 yrs, P, M/13 yrs, Q, F/12 yrs, R, M/17 yrs, S, M/15 yrs, T, M/12 yrs, W, M/13 yrs, X, M/14 yrs, Y, M/14 yrs, Z, M/14 yrs, and several others, were members of an unlawful assembly whose common object was to cause hurt to V, M/14 yrs and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 143 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

JAC 644/2007

You, UQ, F/12 yrs, DOB: 30 Aug 1994 are charged that you, on 13th day of April 2007 at or about 1.40pm, at the 16th floor of Blk 669B Jurong West St 64, Singapore, together with B, F/15 yrs, C, F/12 yrs, D, F/14 yrs, E/14 yrs, G, F/14 yrs, H, M/14 yrs, K, F/13 yrs, N, F/17 yrs, P, M/13 yrs, Q, F/12 yrs, R, M/17 yrs, S, M/15 yrs, T, M/12 yrs, W, M/13 yrs, X, M/14 yrs, Y, M/14 yrs, Z, M/14 yrs, and several others, were members of an unlawful assembly whose common object was to cause hurt to V, M/14 yrs and in the furtherance of the common object of such assembly, one or more of you had used violence, to wit by punching and kicking the said V and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 147 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

2 The case was adjourned for a week as the Juvenile denied being involved in the offences. At the next mention date on 21 June 2007, the Juvenile decided to plead guilty to the charges for which she faced. She also admitted to the Statement of Facts (exhibit “A”) without qualification. The salient points are as follows:

(a) V (“the Victim”), a 14-year-old male student, joined Pa Hai Tong Secret Society (“the gang”) on 4 April 2007, under the leadership of R and X. He subsequently decided to leave the gang and informed X. X conveyed the message to r, who instructed that the Victim should be beaten up.

(b) On 13 April 2007, R waited for the Victim outside school with other gang members, including Z, X, W, P, H, Y, T, S, N, Q, G, K, E, D, C, B and the juvenile. Y is the juvenile’s older brother. r then informed the victim that if he wanted to leave the gang, he would be assaulted.

(c) The Victim was brought by the Juvenile and accomplices to the 16th floor of block 669B Jurong West St 64 at around 1.30pm. The Victim was surrounded by the Juvenile and accomplices at the lift lobby and told that he would be beaten up for the duration it took for N to finish smoking a cigarette. As soon as N lit up, R moved in to punch the Victim in the stomach, causing him to bend forward. He then thrust his elbow in the Victim’s back. Several of the accomplices then moved in to punch and kick the Victim at the same time. A few minutes later, someone shouted that a resident was looking at them and the gang moved to the 11th floor.

(d) The Victim was assaulted again by the gang members on 16 April 2007.

(e) The Victim sought medical treatment at NTUC Medicare Family Clinic on 19 April 2007. Dr Jerry Chng’s medical report (Exhibit “B”) stated that there was a 2.5cm by 1.0cm bruise over the Victim’s right forearm, a 1.0cm x 1.0cm bruise over his left forearm and a 2cm cut at the inner aspect of his upper lips.

3 The Juvenile also faced two other rioting charges under section 147 of the Penal Code, which were taken into consideration for purposes of Court order. The third and fourth charges read:

JAC 645/2007

You, UQ, F/12 yrs, DOB: 30 Aug 1994 are charged that you, on 13th day of April 2007 at or about 1.50pm, at the 11th floor of Blk 669B Jurong West St 64, Singapore, together with B, F/15 yrs, C, F/12 yrs, D, F/14 yrs, E/14 yrs, G, F/14 yrs, H, M/14 yrs, K, F/13 yrs, N, F/17 yrs, P, M/13 yrs, Q, F/12 yrs, R, M/17 yrs, S, M/15 yrs, T, M/12 yrs, W, M/13 yrs, X, M/14 yrs, Y, M/14 yrs, Z, M/14 yrs, and several others, were members of an unlawful assembly whose common object was to cause hurt to V, M/14 yrs and in the furtherance of the common object of such assembly, one or more of you had used violence, to wit by punching and kicking the said V and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 147 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

JAC 646/2007

You, UQ, F/12 yrs, DOB: 30 Aug 1994 are charged that you, on 16th day of April 2007 at or about 3pm, outside Boon Lay Secondary School, along Jurong West St 65, Singapore, together with H, M/14 yrs, B, F/15 yrs, JJ, M/14 yrs, G, F/13 yrs, K, F/13 yrs, N, F/17 yrs, P, M/13 yrs, BB, M/13 yrs, Q, F/12 yrs, DD, M/13 yrs, S, M/15 yrs, T, M/12 yrs, W, M/13 yrs, EE, M/14 yrs, X, M/14 yrs, GG, M/13 yrs, Y, M/14 yrs, Z, M/14 yrs, and several others, were members of an unlawful assembly whose common object was to cause hurt to V, M/14 yrs and in the furtherance of the common object of such assembly, one or more of you had used violence, to wit by strangling and choking the said V and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 147 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

4 I found the Juvenile guilty of the charges for which she faced on 21 June 2007. In mitigation, her father pleaded for leniency as he believed that she will change. As both parents are working, he has made arrangements for his father to help supervise the Juvenile and her...

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