This report appeared in today’s edition of The Straits Times:
Rugby fracas: No probation for teen
(The Straits Times, 10 July 2010)
By Elena Chong
THE court yesterday ruled out putting a 16-year-old boy on probation for punching a student after a fractious inter-school rugby match.
Chan Yu Tat, formerly of St Andrew’s Secondary School (SAS) and now working as a part-time packer, will instead be assessed for tougher reformative training.
Community Court Judge Ng Peng Hong told the court that he had been ‘alarmed’ by the probation report, and said the teenager needed a structured environment to address his ‘delinquent lifestyle’.
If Chan is put on reformative training, he will go through a tough regimen of foot drills, counselling, education and vocational training for between 18 months and three years.
On the other hand, being put on probation, usually for two years, would have meant his being able to carry on with school or work while living at home; he would have a probation officer to check on him.
The court heard earlier that Chan had, on April 12, approached a 15-year-old student from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) after a keenly contested rugby match between their schools and punched him in the face.
The ACS (I) student fell and broke his nose.
A second similar charge against Chan for punching another ACS (I) boy will be considered when he is sentenced on July 30.
All three boys were not rugby players but supporters of their teams.
The match that ACS (I) won 8-7 was also marred by a fracas on the pitch, in which an SAS player hit his opponent. Supporters from both sides then invaded the pitch. The Singapore Schools Sports Council is investigating the incident.
I had written about this young thug back in April. You can read it here.
And I am glad that the authorities are strongly considering tougher reformative training for him as punishment.
I can only imagine the sort of trauma he must have caused those two unsuspecting Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) whose only crime was to support their school at the rugby final and be seen at the bus-stop in their school uniform after the game.
I do not hope for this chap to suffer any trauma. That would be self-defeating. But I do hope he will learn some painful lessons from this and that the punishment will help him to turn over a new leaf.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan