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Man who posted video of himself slicing bottle with samurai sword charged

SINGAPORE: A man who posted a video of himself slicing a bottle with a samurai sword was charged in court on Monday (Oct 30) after someone lodged a police report.

Joel Ezekiel, a 49-year-old Singaporean, was handed one charge of possessing a knuckle duster without lawful purpose.

Ezekiel was remanded and appeared in court via video-link, draped in a blanket or towel.

Police said in a statement that they received a report of a video on social media, showing a man wielding a samurai sword in public.

Ezekiel’s public Facebook page shows a reel that was uploaded on Oct 28, showing him standing at what appears to be an open area at a Housing Board block.

After unsheathing the sword and laying its scabbard aside, he takes aim at an isotonic drink bottle balanced on top of a water drum placed on a stool.

The top of the bottle is sliced off by the blade, with the liquid splashing on the floor.

Police identified Ezekiel and arrested him at a flat on York Hill within hours of the report.

A raid of his house uncovered more weapons besides the sword: A butterfly knife, a flick knife and a knuckle duster.

Drug paraphernalia was also found, and the Central Narcotics Bureau is investigating Ezekiel for drug-related offences.

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