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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 7:50:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 7:51:10 AM

Samurai sword wielder charged


THE man who drew a samurai sword on an MRT train faces a jail term of up to five years and at least six strokes of the cane after he was charged in court.

Peter Chua Teck Choon, a 39-year-old pugilist who teaches swordfighting at a martial arts school near Lavender MRT station, was charged on Tuesday for possessing a scheduled weapon under Section 7(1)(a) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act. He was also remanded at the Institute of Mental Health pending a psychiatric evaluation.

On Monday, while dressed partially in a samurai outfit and carrying a sheathed sword, he reportedly jumped the fare gate at Paya Lebar MRT station where he was later photographed wielding a drawn blade inside the passenger train. Chua was subsequently arrested about 15 minutes later near Bugis MRT station. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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