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Case of driver who pushed his Bentley against school security officer referred to Public Prosecutor

SINGAPORE — The police have completed their investigations into a 61-year-old driver who was caught on video pushing against a security officer with his car at Red Swastika School in Bedok North.

A screenshot from a video showing a security officer and a staff member of Red Swastika School preventing a car from entering the school compound.

A screenshot from a video showing a security officer and a staff member of Red Swastika School preventing a car from entering the school compound.

SINGAPORE — The police have completed their investigations into a 61-year-old driver who was caught on video pushing against a security officer with his car at Red Swastika School in Bedok North.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said in Parliament on Monday (April 4) that following their investigations, the police have referred the matter to the Public Prosecutor “for a decision on the appropriate course of action”, Mr Shanmugam added.

The minister was giving a written response to a question filed for this week's Parliament sitting by Mr Raj Joshua Thomas, a Nominated Member of Parliament who is also president of the Security Association Singapore.

TODAY understands that the Attorney-General's Chambers is looking into the matter. In Singapore, the Attorney-General also serves as the Public Prosecutor.

The driver, who has not been publicly identified, made headlines in January when video footage of his actions at the primary school circulated online.

He was arrested later and investigated for a possible offence of rash act causing hurt under the Penal Code.

In the video, the driver can be seen inching his white Bentley car forward against a security officer outside the school entrance on the morning of Jan 11.

This was despite attempts by the officer and a school staff member to prevent the car from entering the compound.

A staff member then spoke to a passenger of the vehicle, who was outside the car. After the passenger got into the vehicle, the driver inched the vehicle forward, forcing the security officer to move backwards.

The Union of Security Employees, which identified the 62-year-old security officer as Mr Neo Ah Whatt, then filed a police report against the driver.

Mr Neo suffered minor injuries from the incident.

The union’s general secretary, Mr Raymond Chin, said that the driver had a valid pass to enter the school but jumped the queue to try to enter the compound via an entrance where the security guard was controlling traffic.

Mr Chin said that this caused some unhappiness among motorists waiting in front, so the driver then tried to enter via an exit gate next to the entrance. Mr Neo stood there to prevent him from going in to the compound.

Anyone charged and convicted of committing a rash act causing hurt can be jailed for up to a year or fined up to S$5,000, or both.

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