13 months jail for officer involved in SCDF ragging death

Sinagpore — A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) warrant officer who was convicted of the May 2018 death of a full-time national serviceman received his sentence on Wednesday, November 20.  First Warrant Officer Mohamed Farid Mohd Saleh will be serving a 13-month jail sentence.

Mr Farid was found guilty of goading Staff Sergeant Muhammad Nur Fatwa Mahmood into pushing full-time national serviceman (NSF) Kok Yuen Chin into a 12-meter deep well at the Tuas Fire Station, which caused Mr Kok’s death by drowning.

This is known as committing a rash act not amounting to culpable homicide.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kumaresan Gohulabalan, who led the prosecution in the case, said that Mr Farid had shown a “high degree of rashness”, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reports. The prosecution also said that it showed Mr Farid’s failure as a supervisor in the service.

In the mitigation for his sentence, Vinit Chhabra, the lawyer for Mr Farid, said that ragging activities were common in the SCDF and that he could not control how quickly Mr Fatwa pushed Mr Kok.

He added that Mr Farid had been with the SCDF for 11 years and had served with excellence and that what happened with Mr Kok was

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