Man charged with causing death of 15-year-old ACS(I) student during high-element rope course at SAFRA Yishun

Man charged with causing death of 15-year-old ACS(I) student during high-element rope course at SAFRA Yishun

SINGAPORE: A man has been charged in relation to the death of a 15-year-old student who died in February last year after an incident during a school camp.

Muhammad Nurul Hakim Mohamed Din, 22, was handed one charge on Thursday (Sep 15) for causing the death of 15-year-old Puah Xin Yang Jethro at about 1.25pm on Feb 3, 2021, at the SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre in Yishun.

According to his charge, he committed a rash act not amounting to culpable homicide by illegally omitting to ensure that both of the leg straps of Jethro’s safety harness were properly buckled and adjusted before dispatching Jethro onto the rope course.

As a result, Jethro died from multi-organ failure following compression of his neck, and traumatic asphyxia. According to the charge sheet, Jethro was suspended in the loose harness after he fell off the rope course and his leg straps became completely unbuckled.

After the incident, all schools suspended outdoor activities involving high elements.

In a statement in February last year, SAFRA Yishun described the incident as a “mishap” and said that the student was part of an ACS (Independent) camp programme.

If convicted of causing death by a rash act, the accused could be jailed for up to five years, fined, or both.

He was offered bail of S$10,000 and will return to court next month.

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