A 21-year-old Singaporean man, a full-time national serviceman, was issued with a 12-months Conditional Warning for having threatened to throw an egg at the Law and Home Affairs Minister in a Facebook comment in March 2019.
- He was not charged in the State Courts of Singapore.
- According to reports, the man had a history of having previously committed several drug-related offences e.g. consuming and possessing cannabis and drug-taking utensils, being sentenced to 12 months’ detention in the Singapore Armed Forces’ Detention Barracks.
- The man is currently serving three-year jail term in relation to drug offences involving the abuse of new psychoactive substances.
- It is unclear whether he was represented by a Criminal Defence Lawyer during his case and when the authorities imposed the warning.
Criminal intimidation is an offence under section 503 of the Penal Code (Cap 224) which states:
503. Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.
A person convicted of this offence can be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with both; and if the threat is to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years or more, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, or with fine, or with both.
More information on the case may be found here.