An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to a rash of offences, including mischief, endangering the safety of another individual, among other counts, on Thursday (Mar 3).
The teenager cannot be named as he was underage at the time he committed the offences,
One of the most serious offences took place in May 2018 when he partially cut the safety rope of the gondola carrying a worker cleaning the windows on the 27th floor of a building in Bayshore Road.
When the worker discovered that the rope had been cut one floor below him, he stopped cleaning and told his supervisor. It happened in May 2018.
The teenager pleaded guilty to endangering the worker’s safety.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of cheating, one count of outrage of modesty, mischief, transmitting a false message to the police and theft.
Between January and March 2016, he molested his classmate, ithen 13, by brushing his hand against her upper thigh and buttocks over her clothes.
In December 2017, he came across a can of lubricant and decided to spray it on the lift buttons of a building in Bayshore Road.
He apparently found it funny that the buttons became slippery and that made it difficult for lift users to press the correct buttons.
Then on Oct 29, 2018, the boy called the police using his friend’s phone, saying: “I was kidnapped. Don’t kill me, don’t kill me.”
About a year later, he entered a café after iit had closed and stole two packets of instant noodles worth S$5.
In October 2021, he had conned two people into thinking he was selling an in-game item from the online game Growtopia, reported Channel News Asia. cheating In all, he cheated several unsuspecting individuals of $511. He has repaid the sum in full.
And that’s not all. Nine other charges will be considered for sentencing.
At the request of both the defence and prosecution, the judge called for a probation suitability report for the teenager who is due back court next month for sentencing.
Under the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility, there is no legal provision for parents to be held criminally responsible if their child commits a crime.
However, if a child between 14 and 16 has been charged with an offence, then under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act, the Youth Court has the power to order the child’s parents to do the following:
- Where the child or young person is charged with any offence, for his or her parent to give security for his or her good behaviour; or
- Where the charge against the child or young person is proved, for his or her parent to pay the damages or costs ordered on behalf of him or her, as noted by Singapore Legal Advice.
If a child’s acts cause damage, the child can be sued in his or her own right. However, parents might also be liable for their children’s wrongful actions if they themselves have been guilty of negligence./TISG
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