ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Nine people – the youngest a 13-year-old boy – have been arrested for rioting armed with deadly weapons.
The arrests come after a 15-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted by a group of attackers armed with knives in Lengkok Bahru in the Bukit Merah area on September 2, said the police in a statement on Thursday.
The police were alerted at about 8.45pm, and investigations showed that the victim was assaulted over a prior dispute, it said.
He suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital conscious.
Over the next week, nine people – eight of whom are teenagers – were arrested by police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and Clementi Police Division.
All the suspects are male, and the oldest is 24-years-old.
During the arrests, officers seized knives believed to have been used in the attack. All nine have been charged in court with rioting armed with a deadly weapon under Section 148 of the Penal Code 1871, the police said. The offence carries a prison term of up to 10 years and caning.