Five Singapore Civil Defence officers have been charged in court for their involvement in a ragging incident that led to the death of full-time national serviceman CPL Kok Yuen Chin.
Staff Sergeant Muhammad Nur Fatwa Mahmood, 33, was charged with one count of causing death by a rash act and one count of abetting the obstruction of justice.
First Warrant Officer Mohamed Farid Mohd Saleh, 34, was charged with abetting a rash act causing death.
Lieutenant Chong Chee Boon Kenneth, 37, and First Senior Warrant Officer Nazhan Mohamed Nazi, 40, were both charged with abetting a rash act causing grievous hurt by illegal omission.
Staff Sergeant Adighazali Suhaimi, 32, was charged with intentionally obstructing the course of justice.
Besides the 5, another 8 SCDF officers who were present during the ragging are facing internal investigations.
SCDF said in a statement that 6 of the officers are regular officers, while 2 are full-time NSFs.
“If investigations find that they had contravened SCDF rules and regulations, the regular officers will face public service disciplinary actions, which may include dismissal from service or demotion in rank, while the NSFs will be liable for detention and or demotion in rank under the Civil Defence Act.”
CPL Kok died on 13 May this year, after he was plunged into a 12m-deep pump well at Tuas View Fire Station that was filled with water.
He was subsequently found unconscious at the bottom of the well after it was drained, and died from his injuries.