Underage teen faces jail, fine for IC 'trick'

She wanted to go clubbing.

But she needs to be at least 18 years old to enter a club here.

So Liu Yifan, a 16-year-old Nanyang Junior College student, borrowed someone's identity card and tried to get into St James Powerhouse on March 24 this year.

On Thursday, Liu, now 17, pleaded guilty to using someone else's identity card without lawful authority.

She could face a jail term of not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.

Considering her age and the fact that she was a first-time offender, District Judge Soh Tze Bian called for a report to gauge her suitability for probation.

The court heard that in early March, Liu had told her schoolmate, Hong Lili, 19, of her intention to go clubbing.

Hong then called her former schoolmate, Miss Tong Wern Ching, 18, a student at Temasek Polytechnic, and asked to borrow her identity card.

She told Miss Tong that it was for Liu to gain entry into a club as Liu was underage.

On March 23, at about 11pm, Liu and her boyfriend, Mr Eng Ting Fong, 20, a full-time national serviceman, went to St James Power Station.

They tried to get into St James Powerhouse two hours later.

But they were stopped by a security officer, Mr Muhammad Iimi Hussain, 24, who asked to check Liu's identity card.

Mr Iimi noticed that the photo in the identity card produced by Liu was not of her.

When questioned further by Mr Iimi, Liu admitted that the identity card did not belong to her and she had borrowed it from a friend.

Mr Iimi proceeded to check on Mr Eng and found Liu's ez-link card in his possession. He then questioned Liu, who confessed that she had told Mr Eng to keep the ez-link card, in case her belongings were checked.

Mr Eng later told Mr Iimi that he knew that Liu was trying to enter the club with a borrowed identity card.

Mr Edmond Pereira of Edmond Pereira & Partners said that Liu's friends can be charged with abetting, but as to what charges and whether the friends will be charged depends on the prosecution.

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