Two Singaporean men charged for conspiring to breach their SHNs

·Editorial Team
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Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority Building. (PHOTO: Google Street Views)
Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority Building. (PHOTO: Google Street Views)

SINGAPORE — Two Singaporean men were charged in the state courts on Friday (20 August) for conspiring to breach their Stay-Home Notices (SHNs).

According to a media release by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Friday, Thanasegaran Elancharan, 26, and Yeo Ee Kai, 25, were charged for engaging in a conspiracy to breach their SHNs, thereby exposing others to the risk of infection under Section 21A Infectious Diseases Act.

Yeo had let Thanasegaran into his room at the SHN dedicated facility on 11 May this year, and had let him stay in the room for one and a half hours.

Thanasegaran also faces additional charges for failing to wear a mask on multiple occasions under Regulation 3A of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

Left room on several occasions

On 30 April this year, the two men arrived in Singapore from the Dominican Republic and were served with SHNs until 21 May. They were each informed by an ICA officer that they were not allowed to leave their individual rooms in the dedicated facility nor were they allowed to have visitors for the duration of their SHNs. 

The two men were subsequently conveyed to the same dedicated facility in Orchard and assigned different rooms to serve their SHNs.

On 11 May, Thanasegaran allegedly left his room on several occasions where he was found loitering around the common corridor without wearing a face mask. 

On one of these occasions, Thanasegaran and Yeo had also allegedly agreed for Thanasegaran to visit him in his room. Yeo allowed him to enter his room and Thanasegaran remained there for about one and a half hours.

Liable for $10,000 fine and/or jail

ICA said in the media release that those who fail to comply with SHN requirements will be liable to prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act and/or the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. 

On conviction, first-time offenders are liable to punishment of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months.

Individuals who are found not wearing a mask or not wearing a mask properly outside their place of residence shall be liable to prosecution under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. 

First-time offenders are liable to punishment of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months.

The public can report information about anyone who fails to comply with SHN requirements to ICA or call 6812-5555.

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