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Two men charged with flouting Covid-19 stay-home order, making false travel history declaration

SINGAPORE — Two Singaporean men were charged on Friday (Nov 19) with flouting Covid-19 regulations. One breached a stay-home order and the other made a false declaration upon entry into Singapore.

The two Singaporeans were charged with offences under the Infectious Diseases Act and Regulations. They are out on bail and are expected to return to court in December 2021.

The two Singaporeans were charged with offences under the Infectious Diseases Act and Regulations. They are out on bail and are expected to return to court in December 2021.

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SINGAPORE — Two Singaporean men were charged on Friday (Nov 19) with flouting Covid-19 regulations. One breached a stay-home order and the other made a false declaration upon entry into Singapore.

Daryl Paul Lee Yi Sheng, 32, faces 10 charges for allegedly defying his stay-home order on four occasions to visit coffee shops, his condominium’s car park and attend a Muay Thai lesson.

His charges also include allegedly damaging an electronic wristband issued to him and failing to wear a mask on several occasions.

The other man, Geramir Singh Dhoa Singh, 65, faces a charge for allegedly making a false declaration in his application to opt out of serving his stay-home order at a dedicated facility.

The two Singaporeans were charged with offences under the Infectious Diseases Act and Regulations.

THE FIRST CASE

Lee arrived in Singapore on June 29 and was required to serve a seven-day stay-home notice at his place of residence. He was also issued with an electronic gateway and wristband to monitor his compliance with the isolation order.

However, he allegedly left his place of residence without wearing a mask to buy dinner at a coffee shop in Tampines the next day.

On July 1, Lee is alleged to have left home without wearing a mask again, to wait for a friend at his condominium’s basement car park before returning home shortly afterwards.

That afternoon, he is said to have left home without a mask yet again, to meet his friend and have lunch at a coffee shop in Tampines.

Later the same day, Lee is alleged to have attended a Muay Thai lesson at Tampines Safra club. He was confronted upon his return by an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer who was conducting enforcement checks at his house.

When questioned, Lee informed the ICA officer that he had gone to his condominium’s gymnasium.

The next day, Lee obtained approval to serve his remaining stay-home notice at a hotel instead of his home, but he reportedly damaged the strap of the electronic wristband before he left for the hotel.

When questioned by an ICA officer about his damaged wristband during an enforcement check, he informed the officer that he had accidentally broken the wristband while on his way to the hotel in a taxi.

Those found guilty of not complying with stay-home notice requirements can be fined up to S$10,000 or jailed up to six months, or both.

Lee was offered S$5,000 bail and will return to court on Dec 10.

THE SECOND CASE

Geramir arrived in Singapore on Aug 27 and allegedly declared that he would be occupying his place of residence alone or only with household members with the same travel history as him and serving their stay-home notice during the same period.

He acknowledged and signed the physical declaration form.

However, when ICA conducted a check on Aug 28 at his home, they found other people who did not share the same travel history.

Geramir was offered S$5,000 bail and will return to court on Dec 29.

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