Singapore — A loan shark runner was jailed on Wednesday after being caught with hundreds of live insects he was planning to use to harass debtors in Singapore.
A district court sentenced Seah Wee Beng, a 41-year-old cook, to 15 months in jail and six strokes of the cane, according to reports.
Seah was caught red-handed with the insects last September and arrested. Investigations revealed he had already vandalised two flats in August.
He had taken loans from two loan sharks to feed his football gambling habit, and was unable to repay them.
Having fallen into the clutches of the loan sharks, they were able to persuade him to offset his debts by $100 for each house he harassed.
Last August, he harassed a debtor in Ang Mo Kio by scribbling the name, the address, and the identity card number of the debtor on the lift lobby wall of a flat. He splashed black paint on the door and padlocked the metal gate with a bicycle lock before fleeing the scene, according to a Straits Times report.
He harassed another debtor a few days later by throwing black paint at the door of a flat in Hougang.
The following month, police acted on a tip-off and spotted Seah on the 11th floor of a block of flats in Jurong West acting suspiciously around 4am on September 3rd.
Police searched him and found a black marker pen and the boxes of crickets. He confessed to working for two illegal moneylenders, admitting that he had planned to vandalise the wall near the debtor’s flat door, and to release the crickets in the flat to annoy the occupants.