Man charged over abuse, assault of police officer and security guard

SINGAPORE – A 66-year-old man was charged in court on Tuesday (Jan 2) over the abuse and assault of a police officer at Ngee Ann City on the night of Christmas Eve. Singaporean Lam Joon Hin was also charged over the assault of a security officer who worked at the mall. Lam faces a total of five charges – three related to police sergeant Adrian Tan Kar Wee and two related to security officer Bahari Matsam.

Lam allegedly pushed Mr Bahari and grabbed the security officer’s neck at about 10pm. He is also accused of using vulgarities on the guard. It is understood that Lam was trying to cut through barricades at the mall.

Sgt Tan, who witnessed the dispute, went up to Lam. But Lam allegedly verbally abused the police officer, grabbed Sgt Tan’s right wrist, and punched him in the left cheek at 10.10pm. Lam’s case will be mentioned in court again on Jan 30.

He told the court he intended to get a lawyer.

If convicted of causing hurt to the police officer, Lam could be jailed for up to seven years and fined.


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