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Man who shot at birds with catapult in Jurong West to be charged in court

SINGAPORE – A 36-year-old man will be charged in court on Wednesday after he allegedly shot a flock of birds with a catapult in Jurong West, the police said on Tuesday.

He is also believed to have damaged the kitchen window of a Housing Board flat in Jurong West Street 61 with his projectiles.

The police said in a statement on Tuesday that they were alerted to the incident on Feb 11 and established the identity of the suspect after extensive ground inquiries.

Using a catapult, the man had allegedly shot metal and clay pellets at a flock of birds, with one of the pellets damaging the kitchen window, said the police, citing preliminary findings.

The suspect was arrested in Jurong West Street 61 on April 24.

Officers seized an assortment of clay and metal pellets, two catapults and a metal figure used for target practice.

The man will be charged with carrying offensive weapons in a public place, committing a rash act and cruelty to animals.

If found guilty of carrying offensive weapons in public places, he can be jailed for up to three years and receive at least six strokes of the cane.

If convicted of committing a rash act, he can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $2,500, or both.

Meanwhile, for the offence of animal cruelty, he can be jailed for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000, or both.

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