Man charged with being public nuisance after he allegedly tried to prise open MRT train doors
A man said to be the person caught on video prising open the doors of a moving MRT train has been charged with two counts of being a public nuisance and one count of assault.
Vanessa Wang Zi Qi, 47, who appeared in a district court on Dec 7, has been ordered to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for a medical examination.
Court documents identified Wang as male, although videos of the train incident show a person dressed in a strappy black top and a skirt.
On Nov 27, Wang allegedly caused annoyance to the passengers of an MRT train by pulling open the doors of one carriage at Braddell station.
He is accused of committing a similar offence two days later, when he allegedly annoyed MRT passengers by shouting and pulling open the doors of a train carriage at Ang Mo Kio station.
He is also said to have kicked a man’s leg at the station that day.
In videos circulating online, a passenger can be seen trying to push open the sliding doors of a moving train on the North-South Line. Other commuters are heard yelling at the person to stop.
According to an eyewitness, one door budged, briefly opening a crack before the other commuters stopped the passenger.
In an earlier statement to The Straits Times, SMRT president Lam Sheau Kai said that SMRT staff were alerted to the incident in the train at around 1pm on Nov 29.
Mr Lam added that the passenger was uncooperative and turned aggressive when the staff entered the train to investigate.
Online pictures after the incident show the passenger lying curled up in a foetal position on the platform of Ang Mo Kio station, surrounded by TransCom officers and station staff.
Wang’s case has been adjourned to Dec 21.