Man trespasses on Jurong Lake Pumping Station to play with fire, arrested after leg gets caught in gate

A 25-year-old man trespassed on Jurong Lake Pumping Station, a Public Utilities Board (PUB) restricted area, to ‘play with fire’, only to get his leg caught on the gates. 

The incident happened on Wednesday (May 9) at around 7.45pm, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.

The man was allegedly carrying a brush and matches in his hands, and was believed to be playing with fire when his leg got stuck in the gate.

 A female passer-by who witnessed the incident quickly called the police.

The suspect has since been apprehended. 

Another witness, a 50-year-old technician, told reporters that he had heard a man shout during the incident.

He went to investigate the source of the din, only to discover a man at the pumping station.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene were also conversing with the man. 

He said:

“The man was wearing a red shirt and he seemed to be behaving oddly.

“It was raining then, and he lay on the floor, using a plastic sheet to shelter himself from the rain.

“He was just lying on the ground, not moving at all.

“I think his leg got caught in the gates, and he sprained his left leg.

“When police and SCDF officers attempted to enter the station through the gates, he was scolding them.”

The police has issued an official statement on the incident:

“On May 10, the police were alerted to a case at around 7.45pm.

“A 25-year-old Indian man was arrested for trespassing on a restricted area and committing arson.

“The case is currently under investigations.”

The SCDF has also issued an official lines:

“On May 10, the SCDF were alerted to a case at around 7.45pm.

“ The SCDF dispatched an ambulance, and two fire engines to the scene, where a man was trapped.

“The man was rescued and after a check up by paramedics, determined to not need hospital admission.”