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Jail, fine for 25-year-old who stalked ex-girlfriend, threatened to harm her and her family

SINGAPORE — Soon after breaking up with his girlfriend of two years, Ng Bing Soon lay in wait for her at her home and used many phone numbers and social media accounts to reach her.

Ng Bing Soon arriving at the State Courts on Oct 27, 2021.

Ng Bing Soon arriving at the State Courts on Oct 27, 2021.

SINGAPORE — Soon after breaking up with his girlfriend of two years, Ng Bing Soon lay in wait for her at her home and used many phone numbers and social media accounts to reach her.

The 25-year-old Singaporean continued stalking her even after she took out protection orders against him last year.

Ng was on Monday (Nov 8) jailed for six months and fined S$5,000. 

The Singaporean worked as a logistics officer at port operator PSA at the time of his crimes. 

He pleaded guilty in September to one charge of unlawful stalking and three counts of breaching the protection orders.

While there is no court order to protect the victim’s identity, the Attorney-General’s Chambers requested that she and her family members not be named.

Testifying in court last month, the woman, who was a financial adviser, said that Ng’s acts left her depressed and unable to work for a year. 

The pair began dating in 2018 and broke up a few weeks before September last year, the court earlier heard.

Between Sept 16 and 29 last year, he created new accounts on social network Instagram to send her messages after she blocked him. 

He also texted her using several phone numbers after she blocked his number.

These messages included threats to inflict harm on her and her family, including her parents and sister.

Once, when she did not reply, he went to her flat and knocked on her door. 

He then flipped the switch for the circuit breaker in the electrical board outside the flat, cutting off the power supply.

About a month later, he went there again, but the victim’s father stopped him. They got into a scuffle when Ng tried to enter the unit.

And, on Dec 5 last year, he stopped by the housing block where she lived and spotted her alighting from a taxi. 

When he tried to talk to her, she ignored him. 

Undeterred, he followed her to the lift lobby, where he grabbed her arms and pulled her away from the lift.

She screamed and he let go. At the time, the woman was under an expedited protection order, which is granted when urgent intervention is needed.

Then, in the wee hours of Dec 31 last year, he approached her, grabbed her by her arms again and dragged her away when she ran towards the lift lobby.

She began crying and started screaming.

Fearing that others would hear the commotion, he released his grip after some time.

A month later, he loitered at the staircase landing on the same floor of her flat. 

She shouted for help and he asked her to stop, but she continued and he fled.

Those convicted of stalking can be jailed for up to a year or fined up to S$5,000, or punished with both.

For breaching a protection order under the Protection from Harassment Act, Ng could have been jailed for up to six months or fined up to S$5,000, or given both penalties.

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