2 Singaporeans, 1 American to be charged for breaching Stay-Home Notices

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If convicted under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations, each of three accused may be jailed up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
If convicted under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations, each of three accused may be jailed up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Two Singaporeans and an American man will be charged in court on Tuesday (21 April) for breaching their Stay-Home Notices (SHN), said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday.

The Singaporeans are 48-year-old Chong Chun Wah and 25-year-old Siti Wan Su’Aidah Samsuri, while the American is 44-year-old Brian Dugan Yeargan, a commercial pilot.

Case 1

Yeargan arrived in Singapore from Australia on 3 April and was issued a short-term visit pass valid for 30 days, along with an SHN from 3 to 17 April.

He stayed at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, but left his accommodation on 5 April to take a train from Changi Airport MRT Station to City Hall MRT Station. He then allegedly walked to Chinatown Point to buy personal items, spending some three hours outside.

Yeargan faces a charge under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020.

Case 2

Chong is said to have arrived in Singapore from Indonesia on 17 March and served with an SHN until 31 March. However, he left his flat at Bukit Batok three times during this period, said ICA.

On 24 March, he allegedly took a bus to Jurong East to buy food and spent one-and-a-half hours outside. On 28 March, he allegedly left his residence for some five minutes to check his mail at the ground floor of his block. The next day, he supposedly went to a coffeeshop in Bukit Batok to purchase food and spent some 30 to 45 minutes outside.

Chong will be charged for offences under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act and the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020.

Case 3

Siti returned from Australia on 25 March and was served with an SHN lasting till 8 April. On 30 March, she allegedly left her Woodlands residence and walked to Vista Point to buy groceries and cigarettes.

She then failed to respond to multiple calls by ICA as part of enforcement checks. She spent some 15 to 20 minutes outside, according to ICA.

Siti will be charged for violating the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020 and the Infectious Diseases (Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations 2020.

With effect from 11.59pm on 16 March, the authorities had imposed SHNs on all residents, long-term and short-term pass holders entering Singapore with a travel history to any ASEAN country within the last 14 days. An SHN means that the recipient must remain in their residence at all times for two weeks.

The SHN requirement was extended to all who enter Singapore from 11.59pm on 9 April and they are required to serve their SHN at dedicated facilities. The SHNs were put in place to control imported cases of COVID-19.

If convicted under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations, each of three accused may be jailed up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

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