Man, 61, who told police a stranger snatched his son in Punggol, investigated for giving false info

The son and the person in the car are known to each other.

Belmont Lay | July 11, 2021, 04:51 PM

A 61-year-old man is being investigated for allegedly providing false information to a police officer after reporting that a stranger had "snatched" his son in Punggol.

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Sunday, July 11 that they were alerted to the case on Saturday at about 12.40pm.

The man told the police a stranger had "snatched his son away from him along Punggol Walk and left in a car".

Punggol Walk stretch outside Waterway Point

The police said investigating officers subsequently detected several inconsistencies in the man's and the witnesses' accounts of the incident.

Police said the man's son was believed to have willingly entered the car.

The man's son and the person accused of taking him away are known to each other.

Investigations against the man are ongoing.

"The police would like to remind members of the public that police resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies than investigating into false reports or false information," SPF said.

"Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law."

Those found guilty of giving false information to a public servant could be jailed for up to two years, fined, or both.

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