SINGAPORE — Five women and seven men were charged on Friday (2 October) with breaching COVID-19 safe distancing measures during a trip to Lazarus Island in August.
The 12, aged between 29 and 32, are: Edward John Joseph Lee-Bull (32), Dunford William Edwin (32), Luong Thi Thu Ha (31), Trimming James Riby Oram (31), Lagesse Richard Henri (31), Helen Ann Sullivan (30), Paul Jonathon Gold (32), Jeffs Lowri Mair (31), Roth Joshua Adam (31), Natalie Joanna Sarkies (29), Cronk Zoe Louise (30), and Jeff Richard Alexander (31). Luong is a Vietnamese national who is a Singaporean permanent resident, Sarkies is a Singaporean and the remaining 10 are British nationals.
Each of them faces the charge for gathering outside a place of residence that was not for the purpose of work on 8 August 2020, between 11am and 6pm, at Lazarus Island. In Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening, which began on 19 June, only up to five people per group are allowed in social gatherings.
All the accused have been placed on a personal bond of $2,000.
Gold has indicated that he will plead guilty to his charge and the next mention of his case is on 14 October. The cases for the other accused will be heard again on 23 October.
If convicted, each may be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000.
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