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Criminal Force & Assault, Intimidation

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In Singapore, the offence of Criminal Force and Assault is governed by the Penal Code, Chapter 224.
Criminal force, assault and intimidation charges are taken seriously in Singapore’s criminal justice system especially if the accusation is related to domestic violence, sexual offences and road rage. These charges generally carry an imprisonment term.

Criminal force

According to Section 350, a person uses Criminal Force on another, if he/she uses force on another person with the intention to cause the person to commit an offence or intention to use unlawful force on another person to cause annoyance, fear and injury to the person whom the force is used on.

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Assault is committed when a person causes another person to apprehend unlawful use of force on him.
According to Section 351, assault is committed when a gesture or preparation is made with the intention to cause the person (Victim) to apprehend that the person (Offender) who makes the gesture is about to apply criminal force on the victim. Mere words do not constitute assault, but it amounts to assault if the offender’s words may give to his gestures causing the victim to feel that he may be attacked.


The penalty for criminal force and assault is the same. According to Section 352, whoever assaults or uses criminal force will be imprisoned for a term up to 3 months or will be liable for a fine of up to S$1,500, or with both.

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Criminal Intimidation

In Singapore, criminal intimidation is criminalised under Section 503 of the Penal Code.
According to Section 503, whoever (offender) threatens to cause any injury to any person, reputation or property, or the person or reputation of anyone whom that person has an interest in, with the intention to cause any alarm to that person or to cause that person to carry out any unlawful act or omit to do any act which that person is entitled to do in order to avoid the threat by the offender, is guilty of criminal intimidation.


According to Section 506, whoever is guilty of criminal intimidation will be imprisoned for a term up to 2 years or will be liable for a fine or both. If the offender threatens to cause death or grievous hurt, or to destroy any property by fire or to cause any offence that is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term up to 7 years or more or impute unchastity to a woman, he/she will be imprisoned for a term up to 10 years or shall be liable for a fine, or both.


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