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    Jul 01, 2016

    Man charged over LGBT 'open fire' post on Facebook

    A FACEBOOK user who allegedly requested "permission to open fire" in a post about the annual Pink Dot rally for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was charged in court yesterday.

    Regional performance consultant Bryan Lim Sian Yang, 36, is said to have made an electronic record containing an incitement to violence on June 4.

    In the post on a Facebook group page named "We are against Pinkdot in Singapore", he is said to have written: "I am a Singaporean citizen. I am a NSman, I am a father. And I swore to protect my nation.

    "Give me the permission to open fire. I would like to see these £@€$^*s die for their causes."

    At least three police reports have been made about it.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Woon Kwong asked for three weeks' adjournment to complete investigations.

    Lim's lawyer, Adrian Wee, told District Judge Christopher Goh that the police had taken various electronic items and it might take some time before an analysis is carried out.

    The court heard that no additional charges are expected at the moment.

    Lim is out on $10,000 bail.

    He will appear in court on Aug 4.

    In March 2012, a 36-year-old engineer became the first person here to be convicted of putting up an online post carrying an incitement to violence on National Day 2010.

    He was fined $6,000 after a trial but the prosecution appealed.

    The High Court quashed the fine and imposed a two-month jail sentence in September that year.

    The maximum penalty for the offence is five years' jail and a fine.