River Valley High School Student Talks to Parents Through Video Conference.
SINGAPORE: The 16-year-old River Valley High School student was charged with a schoolmate’s murder a few days ago. Therefore, he spoke to his parents via video call on Friday (August 13) for the first time since he was detained.
“The police organized a video conference between the defendant’s parents and his family, and it took place today,” a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Friday.
This call comes after the student appeared in state court via video link on Tuesday. His lawyers asked that his family and friends have five minutes to speak with him so that they could monitor his health.
At the time, the prosecution objected to the request, telling the court that the teenager faced a capital charge and that investigation was ongoing.
District Judge Brenda Tan rejected the defense’s request, noting that arrangements could be made for the defendant to speak with his parents at an appropriate time.
On Tuesday, the defendant, who cannot be identified as under 18, was held for two more weeks at the Changi Prison Complex Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation. Since he was arrested, he has been on remand in Changi Prison.
On July 20, the teenager was charged with murdering his 13-year-old classmate in the bathroom on level four. The incident occurred between 11:16 a.m. and 11:44 a.m. the previous day.
However, his family informed the judge that he was evaluated at the Institute of Mental Health in 2019 after attempting suicide.
The death penalty can be applied to murderers. However, anyone under the age of 18 will receive life imprisonment.