Singapore: A “stern” warning for man who defaced the statue of Mary at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary…

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He had used Blu Tack, a removable adhesive, to stick marbles to the eyes of a statue of Mother Mary.

In a Facebook post last year, the church said that the statue, a gift from Sultan Ibrahim of Johor more than 70 years ago, has been restored.

A stern warning was given, taking into consideration the overall context of the offences, and taking into account the period of remand served.”

2 Jan 2021 06:29PM

SINGAPORE: A man who trespassed into a church and defaced a statue of Mother Mary has been given a stern warning, with the prosecution withdrawing all charges against him.

Race Koh Jun Xian, 38, was given a discharge amounting to an acquittal on Monday (Jan 11) for a charge of criminal trespass and another of defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion.

He had climbed over the fence and entered the courtyard of Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary along Upper Serangoon Road on Nov 2, Nov 5 and Nov 12 last year.

On the last occasion, he used Blu Tack, a removable adhesive, to stick marbles to the eyes of a statue of Mother Mary.

In a statement on Tuesday, the police said it administered a stern warning to Koh for the two offences, after consulting with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Both charges were withdrawn in court on Monday, and Koh was also warned for committing criminal trespass for the other two occasions.

Koh had been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment after his charging on Nov 20 last year and found to have an extensive history of substance use disorder.

However, he was assessed to be of sound mind at the time of the third offence.
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“A stern warning was thus given, taking into consideration the overall context of the offences, and taking into account the period of remand served.”

The penalties for criminal trespass are a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to S$1,500, or both. The punishment for defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion is a maximum five years’ jail, a fine, or both.Source: CNA/ll(ac)

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Shaffiq Alkhatib

Court Correspondent

SINGAPORE – A man accused of trespassing on the premises of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary last year and defacing a statue of Mary was acquitted of all charges in a district court on Monday (Jan 11).

The police on Tuesday told The Straits Times that Koh was given a stern warning after consultations with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Koh was charged on Nov 20 last year with one count of each of criminal trespass and defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion, and was ordered to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health.

He  was found to have an extensive history of substance use disorder, but was not assessed to be of unsound mind at the time of the offence. 

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