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Two men to be charged with rioting after assault over utilities bill

Two Indian nationals will be charged in court on Monday with rioting, after they allegedly attacked three housemates in a dispute over their utilities bill, police said on Sunday.

SINGAPORE: Two Indian nationals will be charged in court on Monday with rioting, after they allegedly attacked three housemates in a dispute over their utilities bill, police said on Sunday.

Police said they arrested the two men -- aged 29 and 36 -- for being part of a group of assailants who assaulted three other Indian men at a housing estate in Jurong West Street 1.

Police had -- at around 3.30am on May 1 -- received a report from one of the victims, who said he was assaulted by a housemate and eight other people.

Investigations revealed that the victim had a dispute with the 29-year-old suspect over the cost of their utilities bill.

The dispute escalated into violence, when the suspect and eight others assaulted the victim and two other housemates.

Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the others involved, police said.

A person convicted of rioting under Section 147 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, faces a jail term not exceeding seven years and shall also be liable for caning.

Foreigners convicted of serious offences are liable to be repatriated upon serving their sentences. 

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