While a man who made racist comments and attacked others in public at East Coast Park last year was supposed to report to court for court proceedings, it seems like he won’t be doing so anymore.
The reason? He technically can’t.
Because on 5 May, the police were informed of an unnatural death that occured at around 7.20pm at Block 38 Bedok South Road.
According to The Straits Times, Mohamad Aris Anwar Ali, 34, was found motionless in one of the flats, and was later pronounced dead by a paramedic.
According to a police spokesperson, investigations are currently ongoing. The police did not reveal how he died, but said that they do not suspect foul play.
Later that month of 23 May, his three charges were abated, meaning that the court proceedings for all three charges have ended due to his passing.
Prior to his death, Aris was accused of one count of assaulting a man in a racially aggravated attack.
On top of that, he was also accused of two counts of uttering words with the deliberate intention to wound the racial feelings of others.
And here’s how he ended up with those charges.
At around 1am on 2 July last year, Aris apparently hurled a racial slur at a group of four people at East Coast Park.
He then proceeded to attack another group of three people at the same park in a similar way around 50 minutes later.
Attacked Second Group of People, Punched and Kicked Uni Student as Well
Similar to his first offence, he approached another group of three at around 1.50am and started spewing vulgarities at them.
According to Mothership, Aris had called the trio “Chinese dogs” and told them to “go back to China”.
One of the victims in the trio, later identified by The Straits Times as 21-year-old university student Keane Teo, also ended up getting punched and kicked by Aris.
Aris left Teo with bruises on his face and abdomen.
According to Teo’s mother, her son was out night cycling with his friends.
Teo had asked Aris to leave them alone and stop, but Aris started to physically attack him instead, resulting in Teo falling on his back.
Teo’s mother also revealed to The Straits Times that her son and his friends were cycling when one of the bicycles ended up having a flat tyre.
The group then decided to end their cycling outing and called another friend to fetch them from East Coast Park so that they could go home.
Although the police were called, Aris left before police officers arrived at the scene. He was arrested afterwards.
Teo was sent to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for medical treatment but did not need to be hospitalised.
Court documents did not reveal whether or not both men knew each other.
In an earlier statement last year, the police confirmed that they received a call for assistance at Carpark F2 of East Coast Park at 1.50am in July 2021.
The police also emphasised that they would take “strong action against those who commit acts that harm racial harmony in Singapore”.
For each count of uttering words with deliberate intention to wound the racial feelings of others, Aris could have faced up to three years’ imprisonment and a fine.
For assaulting a victim in a racially aggravated attack, Aris could have been jailed for a maximum of 4.5 years and been issued a maximum fine of $7,500.
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