Singapore

Judge hauls up teen's parents in court, urges them to supervise him after his role in ITE bread knife attack


SINGAPORE – The parents of an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East student who had committed several offences were told to stand before the judge at the State Courts on Monday (Nov 22).

Their son, 18, had been convicted of providing a bread knife to a school friend, who used it to slash another student.

On Monday, he was sentenced to a total of 27 months’ probation, including six months of intensive probation with a curfew in place for aiding his friend to voluntarily cause hurt to the victim and for being part of an attempted robbery in 2019.

District Judge May Mesenas called his parents to stand before her as this was their second son on probation. It was not mentioned in court what offences their other child had committed.

She wanted to know if the parents were able to cope with supervising him.

The teenager cannot be named under the Children and Young Persons Act as he was 17 at the time of the attempted robbery.

Addressing his parents, the judge said: “You have quite a handful with two children on probation. You have to supervise and monitor the type of friends he makes.

“If there are any breaches, he has to bear the consequences, so you have to monitor this.”

The parents told the judge they would comply.

Judge Mesenas scolded the teenager, saying: “You have committed a very serious offence. Whatever studies you undertake, if you don’t comply to these measures, they will mean nothing.

“Whatever your friends tell you, you need to make your own choice. This is a final chance given to you.”

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He was asked if he was willing to comply, and he said he was.

On Feb 16, he had brought a bread knife to school on the urging of his friend, Palanidas Ramadas, who told him the day before one of his friends had problems there.

Palanidas, 19, told the accused he no longer needed the knife as his friend had settled his issues.

But he later received the knife from the teenager when he met the victim, 20, at the basement car park of the school for a talk at around noon.

Palanidas slashed him multiple times, injuring his left shoulder and left ear.

The victim escaped and returned home, where he told his father he had been attacked and sought treatment at Changi General Hospital.

The Straits Times understands both teenagers are no longer ITE students, and the case involving Palanidas is pending.

Defence lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong urged the judge for probation instead of sending him to the reformative training centre (RTC).

They wrote in their mitigation: “Placing (him) in RTC now would increase his chances of being subject to negative influences therein which may be detrimental to his rehabilitation or even introduce a risk of re-offending.”

The lawyers from Invictus Law Corporation added he has ceased contact with his peers.





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