A Singaporean junior college student who had threatened to kill English Premier League (EPL) footballer Neal Maupay and his family was placed under nine months supervised probation on Wednesday (7 July).
Derek Ng De Ren, who is now a full-time national serviceman, would also be required to adhere to a time curfew and undergo psychiatric treatment as necessary. He will also need to serve 40 hours of community service. His mother on the other hand was bonded for $5,000 to ensure his good behaviour.
“Ng aged 19, is receiving counselling and will continue to do so,” his lawyer Mark Yeo told District Judge May Mesenas.
District Judge Mesenas revealed to Ng that his one week of remand gave him a “taste” of what it was like to undergo reformative training – a more serious sentencing option given to under-21 offenders, which involves offenders going through a strict regime and results in a criminal record.
Ng has since declined to talk about his experience in remand. The judge added, “I hope the entire experience over two last months… going to court… has made some impact and I hope it’s a lasting impact and you learn from this. There are ways to deal with stressful situations.”
Judge Mesenas noting that Ng was passionate about football, nevertheless said that making threats was not the way to go.
Ng pleaded guilty to two out of four charges of using threatening words with intent to cause distress under the Protection from Harassment Act and was sent for assessment for probation after his remaining charges were taken into consideration. His probation report was favourable, noting how Ng had done well in the past and currently in NS.