SINGAPORE -A young Singaporean was charged following a threat to kill football player Neal Maupay, a leader in the English Premier League with Brighton.
The court on Monday (May 3) heard Derek Ng De Ren, currently 19, being also accused of menacing the death of the family of the soccer player.
In June and July of last year, the player and his family were in Britain.According to previous reports, after its investigations, the Premier League warned the Singapore Police Force that Mr Maupay was responsible for the “serious online abuse.” Ng has sent the threats via Instagram in Singapore according to court documents. Ng allegedly said in one message on June 24: “Will you get away for wounding Leno? No way in the fuck (sic)… But you’re not going to be sure you’re not going to be hurt.
“It’s more fun watching you feel pain when your loved ones go through suffering.”
Just days earlier, in a match that saw Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno pitched out of the hurt after a fight with a French national, Mr MauPay scorned the winning goal against Arsenal.
In another message on 26 June, Ng reportedly stated that: “Later that day, your family will be attacked.
On July 1, he is said to have sent Mr Maupay another message, saying: “You think by reporting my account you’re safe? I will kill you and your family.”
On Monday the court heard that Ng plans to convict him of his accusations. His case was postponed until 31 May. An offender may be imprisoned up to six months and fined up to $5,000 for each count of harassment.
Source: The Straits Times