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Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

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Loanshark harassment suspect arrested

AsiaOne | Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested a 21-year-old man for his suspected involvement in loanshark harassment.

On Oct 7, at around 2.52am, the police were alerted to a case where the main door of a residential unit located at Jurong East Street 24 was splashed with paint, and the wall was defaced with loanshark graffiti.

Officers from Clementi Police Division arrested the suspect in the nearby vicinity on the same day at around 3am, with help from images captured by police cameras (PolCams) in the area.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is believed to have assisted the loanshark syndicates to carry out a series of loanshark harassment in several locations including Jurong West, Choa Chu Kang, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio and Yishun public housing estates, by splashing paint outside debtors' residences and scrawling loanshark-related graffiti on the walls.

Upon his arrest, one handphone, one sling bag, one marker, six pieces of paper with writings, six cans of paint and six plastic bags were seized from his possession.

Under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010), first time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment will be fined between $5,000 and $50,000, imprisoned for up to 5 years and caned for up to 6 strokes.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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