SINGAPORE - A 56-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were charged on Friday (21 May) for harassing their neighbours, including a male nurse.
These alleged acts involve Cheang Eng Hock and Lim Sok Lay hurling vulgarities and insulting remarks at the neighbours, and spraying disinfectant at them. He is also said to have splashed water along the common corridor.
Cheang and Lim, who is said to have committed some of the offences from the same residence, were each handed two charges. Both are said to have shouted “Covid”, “Covid spreader”, “virus” or “virus family” and spraying disinfectant solution at the neighbours, between 13 and 15 May last year at a block along Edgefield Plains.
Another charge involves them uttering at a victim, “this nurse gangster”, “this nurse no good” and “this Malay nurse very bad”, on 8 January this year at Sengkang General Hospital.
Lim faces four more charges, including using vulgarities against the same neighbours on 11 November last year and spraying disinfectant liquid at them on 21 October and 10 December last year. She also allegedly shouted continuously at Ngee Ann City's second floor on 21 February this year. She was allegedly given several warnings by a police officer at the scene.
May have more charges
The prosecution asked for an adjournment for Cheang as it may be referring two more charges against him. The new offences are said to be against the same victims. Cheang was offered bail with the condition that he was not to commit offences while on bail or contact the victims directly or indirectly.
For Lim, the prosecution asked that she be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment.
Cheang said he is considering whether to engage a lawyer. He will return to court on 18 June for a further mention while Lim will return on 4 June.
According to previous media reports of the alleged incident, one of the victims is a Sengkang General Hospital nurse.
The police received a report of the harassment on 15 May last year – when the partial lockdown period was in force.
After investigations commenced, the police received several more reports between last October and January this year about similar harassment by the pair, despite mediation sessions at the Community Mediation Centre in June last year.
Lim is also being investigated over fresh offences said to have been committed last month.
The police said that it has advised all parties involved to minimise contact with each other.
If convicted of intentionally causing harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act, each may face a fine of up to $5,000, and a jail term of not more than six months, or both. If convicted of being a public nuisance, the woman faces a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
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