Man, 20, arrested for loanshark harassment after Pasir Ris unit was splashed with kerosene and paint

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Mar 28) for his suspected involvement in a case of loanshark harassment.

The police said they were alerted on Saturday to the case, in which a residential unit along Pasir Ris Drive 6 was splashed with a liquid mixture of kerosene and paint. A debtor’s note was also pasted on the wall.

Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is allegedly involved in another case of loanshark harassment.

One mobile phone was seized as a case exhibit.

The man will be charged in court on Wednesday under the Moneylenders Act 2008. First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment may face up to five years in jail, a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, and caning of up to six strokes.

The police said they have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities, adding: "Those who deliberately cause annoyance and disruption to public safety and security will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law."