Man Sets Fire To 4 Singapore Flags And Own Shorts, Walks Home Naked
Chen Yongsheng, a 40-year-old man sets fire to 4 Singapore flags and own shorts, walks home naked, was recently found guilty of committing mischief and destroying property in Singapore. He burned four Singapore flags and a string of National Day decorations on August 9, 2022, after drinking copiously. He even threw his own shorts into the fire and ended up walking home naked.
Chen Yongsheng was attending an event at a coffee shop along Canberra Walk, below the housing block where he lived in Sembawang, when he consumed copious amounts of alcohol. He drank four to six bottles of beer and almost half a bottle of cognac from afternoon until night. After the event ended, he returned home and continued drinking from the remainder of the bottle of hard liquor.
At about 1.50am, Chen left his home topless, wearing only shorts and slippers, and took the lift down to the first floor. He was carrying a beer bottle in his hand. He then walked towards the road near the coffee shop where he had been. At about 2am, he started setting fire to some boxes and joss paper at the area next to an incense bin at the side of the road.
Between 2am and 3.38am, he retrieved items from the coffee shop and surrounding area, including the National Day decorations and four Singapore national flags attached to wooden poles. He then placed them in the fire that he had started, which destroyed the items. The total estimated value of the decorations and flags destroyed was S$46.60 (US$35).
At various points, Chen also sat down by the fire or walked around aimlessly. At about 3.40am, he then removed his shorts and placed them in the fire to burn. He walked away after that and returned home naked. The fire died out eventually, and no further damage was caused.
Chen was arrested on the same day and charged two days later. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of committing mischief by destroying property knowing that it could cause wrongful loss or damage, with one charge of appearing nude in public taken into consideration. He is set to be sentenced on May 19.
District Judge Prem Raj called for a psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health to determine Chen’s suitability for a mandatory treatment order. This is a sentencing option where an offender suffering from certain treatable psychiatric conditions will have to undergo treatment for a period of up to 36 months.
In Singapore, anyone convicted of committing mischief by destroying any property, knowing that it is likely to cause wrongful loss or damage to the public or any person, can be jailed up to two years or fined, or both. It is a criminal offense to appear nude in public.
Chen’s case highlights the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and the importance of seeking help for alcohol addiction. Excessive alcohol consumption can impair judgment and lead to reckless behavior, such as Chen's destructive actions. It is important for individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction to seek professional help to avoid similar situations.
Moreover, Chen's case also highlights the importance of mental health awareness in Singapore. While Chen’s case was not solely attributed to mental health issues, his behavior suggests that he may have been struggling with mental health issues. It is essential to create awareness about mental health and encourage individuals who are struggling with mental health issues to seek professional help.
In conclusion, Chen Yongsheng’s case highlights the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and the importance of seeking help for alcohol addiction. It also emphasizes the need for mental health awareness in Singapore.
It is essential to educate the public about the importance of mental health and provide access to resources and professional help for individuals struggling with mental health issues.