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S'porean teen charged for sending death threats to Premier League footballer Neal Maupay

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean has been charged with harassment after threatening to kill Brighton & Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay and his family in online messages sent last year.

Derek Ng De Ren, 19, sent threats to footballer Neal Maupay via Instagram direct message.

Derek Ng De Ren, 19, sent threats to footballer Neal Maupay via Instagram direct message.

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean has been charged with harassment after threatening to kill Brighton & Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay and his family in online messages sent last year.

Derek Ng De Ren, 19, was in Singapore when he sent the threats to Mr Maupay via Instagram direct message, according to charge sheets.

The messages, sent on four occasions in June and July last year, came after a Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton on June 20.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno suffered a serious knee injury after a tackle by Mr Maupay, a French national, during the game and was stretchered off the pitch. Arsenal went on to lose 2-1. 

On the night of June 24, 2020, Ng sent a message to Mr Maupay that read: "You think you will get away for injuring Leno? No way in hell bruv ...But don't worry you will be safe you won't be hurt. It's more fun watching you feel pain when your loved ones go through suffering."

The next day, Ng sent another message containing an expletive.

In the wee hours of June 26, he also told Mr Maupay: "Your family will be attacked later in the day, just watch."

He followed this with another message on July 1: "You think by reporting my account you're safe? I will kill you and your family."

Ng used "threatening words with the intent to cause distress" to Mr Maupay in these messages, said the charge sheets.

The teen faces four charges under Singapore's Protection from Harassment Act.

If convicted, he could be fined up to S$5,000, jailed up to six months, or both for each charge.

Ng's death threats first came to light after the messages were reported to the Premier League via its online abuse reporting system.

In August last year, the Premier League said its investigators had tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore.

"The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay," it said at the time.

The Premier League last year launched a dedicated reporting system for players, managers, coaches and family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse from direct messages on social media platforms. CNA

For more stories like this, visit cna.asia.

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