SINGAPORE - A pregnant woman had a narrow escape on Thursday night when an air cooler came crashing down and almost hit her.
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A 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night for throwing various killer litter objects, including an air cooler weighing at least 10kg, from the seventh floor of Block 8 St. George's Lane.
Shin Min Daily News reported that the incident occurred at about 8.42pm, and that police and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers took two hours to nab the suspect, who was topless at the time.
A witness known only as Desmond, who lives opposite Block 8, told Shin Min that he went to look out of his kitchen window after hearing a loud thump and sounds of shattering glass.
The 16-year-old student said he saw the suspect hurling items including an air cooler, a fish tank and a DVD player out of his window, in an episode that lasted 45 minutes.
Another neighbour told Shin Min that the man lived with a woman in her forties, and that he was often seen mumbling to himself and had scolded other neighbours for leaving their flowerpots in the corridor.
The incident happened on Tuesday at about 1.20pm near Block 492, Jurong West Street 41.
Mr Salim, who runs an ornaments store at the block, told Shin Min Daily News that the woman, who looked to be in her 40s, had just finished her shopping at a supermarket in the next block.
He said that there was a loud bang when the sofa landed. The woman screamed and ran under the block to call the police.
The police arrived soon after and were seen questioning three young men, one at the foot of the block and two on the fourth storey.
The police spokesman added that two men were arrested in relation to the case. Investigations are ongoing.
Shin Min Daily News reported that a young man was heard explaining to police officers that he and his friends were trying to carry the sofa away when it slipped from their hands and fell down the block.
A pregnant woman had a narrow escape on Thursday night when an air cooler came crashing down and almost hit her.
Desmond Pravin, 16, said the woman and her family had just got out of their car at the carpark below Block 8 at St George’s Lane.
A shattered glass tank thrown by the man from his 7th storey window at Block 8 St George's Lane
Pails and newspapers thrown by the man from his 7th storey unit at Block 8 St George's Lane
He said the air cooler, and other items including a glass tank, pails and even a microwave oven, were thrown by a man who was topless.
There was a stand-off lasting more than two hours because the man locked himself in the flat and refused to let the police in.
The police said a man, 45, was later arrested in connection with the case.
A neighbour told Shin Min Daily News that the man lived with a woman in her forties, and that he had scolded other neighbours for leaving their flowerpots in the corridor.
Police with shields at Block 8 St George's Lane
A man was hit on the hand by a brick that was hurled down a housing block in Eunos Crescent there on Dec 13.
A witness told citizen jounalism website Stomp that she herself and her two young children were nearly hit by a large cardboard roll that was thrown down the block some time back.
She told Stomp: 'I would like to bring up to your attention about the estate that we are living in.'
'We lived in Block 1 Eunos Crescent and for the past two days, people living in the unit above my family have been throwing red brick down the block as you can see from the picture attached.'
'This first happened at about 12pm on Dec 12, when a brick was thrown down from above and cause the tree branches to break.'
The police were called in. 'However, at about 1pm the next day (Dec 13), another brick was thrown down the block, and it hit a guy.'
'Luckily the brick hit only his hand. If he were to walk faster by one step, it could have hit his head.'
The police were called in again.
'If there is still no action taken to stop these litterbugs, the items that are thrown down will bound to injure someone, or even kill them.'
'We are now afraid of walking on the pavement for fear that the killer litter will hit us.'
Killer litter remains a troubling problem in Singapore despite the authorities ramping up public awareness campaigns and enforcement action. A car parked at Block 369 in Bukit Batok Avenue 5 had its rear windscreen damaged by killer litter on 3 June 2012.
Recently, NEA installed surveillance cameras at Balam Road to capture acts of high-rise littering for enforcement purposes.
A window grill was thrown from Block 7, King George’s Avenue on 13 May 2013 and it smashed into the roof of a lorry parked at the open-air carpark.
Madam Haw Say Yin, 80, a cleaner, was hurt by killer litter on 10 March 2011. She was working under Block 16, Ghim Moh Road, when a glass bottle fell from a block. Fortunately, it didn’t hit her.
It landed on a grass patch nearby. But five minutes later, a piece of glass about 5cm long fell and cut her hand.
A wide range of household items that are potential killer litter objects include flower pots, incense burners and religious urns placed on bamboo pole holders, on parapet walls, or on window ledges, and hung from corridor ceilings.
In May 2010, an office administrator was jailed five weeks for throwing a bottle of chilli sauce from her 16th-floor flat in Sengkang.
She was arrested after she was seen throwing another bottle of chilli sauce from her flat. A wedding guest was struck on the head by a flowerpot and several others had close shaves on the same day.
In December 2009, a hotel trainee manager was struck on the head by a flowerpot, when he attended a wedding at Block 206D, Compassvale Lane in Sengkang.
His songkok (headgear worn by Malay men) bore part of the blow when a flower pot fell on his head.
He suffered from a fractured skull as well as swelling and internal bleeding in his brain.
Thiang threw a flowerpot which hit Mr Kasman Samat. She was charged with committing an act so rash as to endanger the personal safety of others.