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Man in viral video charged with ‘boatless wakeboarding’ at Civilian War Memorial

SINGAPORE — A 24-year-old man was charged on Monday (Sept 13) with wilfully interfering with a national monument by engaging in “boatless wakeboarding” at the Civilian War Memorial along Beach Road earlier this year.

Man in viral video charged with ‘boatless wakeboarding’ at Civilian War Memorial

Images purportedly showing Stephan Kovalkov doing "boatless wakeboarding". He faces one charge of defacing, damaging or interfering with a national monument under the Preservation of Monuments Act.

SINGAPORE — A 24-year-old man was charged on Monday (Sept 13) with wilfully interfering with a national monument by engaging in “boatless wakeboarding” at the Civilian War Memorial along Beach Road earlier this year.

Stephan Kovalkov, a Singaporean, faces one charge of defacing, damaging or interfering with a national monument under the Preservation of Monuments Act.

He is accused of committing the offence at about 10.10pm on July 17, court documents stated. The Civilian War Memorial is dedicated to civilian victims of the Japanese Occupation during World War II.

A Facebook user by the name of Malvin Fang posted a 30-second-long video of Kovalkov that evening, which later circulated online.

The police received a report on the incident the day after. 

In a joint news release on Monday morning, the police and the National Heritage Board (NHB) said that they are investigating four other unnamed individuals, aged between 18 and 24 who allegedly helped Kovalkov.  

Kovalkov did not enter a plea and will return to court on Oct 11. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to six months or fined up to S$30,000, or both.

The police and NHB added that they do not condone these acts, and that national monuments are “important markers of our identity and highlight key milestones in Singapore’s history”.

They added: “Due respect must be accorded to our national monuments, in particular war memorials, and all acts of disrespect are unacceptable. The NHB will continue to promote greater awareness and appreciation of our national monuments.”

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