Jail for man who forged Sports Hub staff pass to see Bruno Mars concert; Caught after second attempt to enter the premises

Jail for man who forged Sports Hub staff pass to see Bruno Mars concert;  Caught after second attempt to enter the premises

SINGAPORE – Despite not having a ticket when he arrived in Singapore for American singer Bruno Mars’ concerts at the National Stadium last month, Karl Phillippe Njiomo Tengueu found another way to enter the venue.

The 23-year-old Cameroonian forged a fake pass for Singapore Sports Hub workers, which gave him access to the stadium on April 3, the first night of Mars concerts. He was caught after trying to watch the show a second time.

For his actions, Tengueu was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail on Friday (May 24) after pleading guilty to one count of breaking and entering, entrapment and forgery.

Three other similar charges were taken into account during sentencing.

WHAT HAPPENED

The court heard that Tengueu arrived in Singapore on April 2 with the intention of seeing the Bruno Mars concert even though he did not have a valid ticket.

He visited the Singapore Sports Hub on the same day, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Lee Da Zhuan told the court.

As he walked, he noticed that some staff members, who had work passes from the Singapore Sports Hub, were able to freely enter the National Stadium.

Tengueu then devised a plan to enter by pretending to be a Singapore Sports Hub worker.

To do this, he approached several people with the pass and started a conversation with them.

While chatting with them, he recorded videos of their passes with his mobile phone.

Videos played on the court showed Tengueu approaching two different people, one with the front of his pass shown and another with the back of his pass shown.

The next day, April 3, Tengueu took a screenshot of a slideshow of the video he recorded and used the photo-editing app Photoshop to make a fake one on his laptop.

He did this by digitally pasting his photograph and adding his name “Karl Philippe” to the digital photograph.

He then located a printing company and placed an order to print several copies of the fake pass, as well as a counterfeit VIP ticket for the concert.

At around 8pm that day, Tengueu went to the concert venue with a lanyard containing his forged Singapore Sports Hub pass and a reflective vest to impersonate a staff member.

He then posted an Instagram Story on his personal Instagram account, which was a short video of him showing off his outfit, with a caption that read, “I’m trying to get into the Bruno Mars concert without having any tickets.”

With the forged pass, security agents stationed at the venue allowed Tengueu to enter the National Stadium without having to pass security checks.

No checks were carried out on his forged pass and none of the security officers stopped him, prosecutor Lee said.

At some point during the concert, Tengueu also attempted to enter the VIP area but was stopped by a security officer who asked him if he was authorized to be in the area.

Shortly before Tengueu left, the security officer also took a photo of the fake pass.

Despite this, Tengueu remained in the National Stadium for the duration of the concert and was able to leave without being detected.

Security officers at Singapore Sports Hub were later alerted after the officer, who had a photo of Tengueu’s forged pass, attempted to verify its legitimacy.

When they could not locate Tengueu, security agents were instructed to take care of him in the days following the concert.

Tengueu was finally arrested on April 5 when he tried to gain access again using the same method.

HIGH LEVEL OF PREMEDITATION

Requesting a jail sentence of 14 to 18 weeks, Prosecutor Lee argued that there was a high level of premeditation in Tengueu’s crimes as he had gone to great lengths to execute his plan.

“This was by no means an impulsive act but a series of carefully calculated actions to achieve their ultimate goal of gaining access to the concert illegitimately,” DPP Lee said.

He added that Tengueu’s offenses had the potential to cause significant damage as he had spread his method of invading the National Stadium on social media.

“This speaks further to the potential damage caused to the security of such large-scale events if more people emulated their actions of frivolously circumventing security checks and cheating their way into venues,” PPD Lee added.

For committing forgery, Tengueu could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined.

For cheating, he could have been jailed for up to three years or fined, or both.

For committing housebreaking, he could have been jailed for up to three months or fined up to S$1,500, or both.