S'pore PR from S Korea charged with making false SHN declaration

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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A South Korean national was on Thursday (1 April) charged with lying to the authorities in his application to opt out of serving his Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at a dedicated facility.

Ko Kyung Ho, who is 45 and a Singapore permanent resident, is also accused of exposing nine other people to the potential risk of infection from COVID-19 at his Charleston condominium home along Shanghai Road.

According to his charge, Ko returned from South Korea on 25 November last year. At about 10.07pm, at Changi Airport Terminal 3, he submitted a declaration form to opt out of serving his SHN at a dedicated facility.

In the form, Ko allegedly lied that he would be at home alone, or only with household members with the same travel history who are also serving their SHN during the same period.

However, his wife, daughter and son living the home allegedly did not have the same travel history as him.

According to a news release by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), enforcement officers conducted a spot check on Ko's home the next day. 

"There were three other household members who did not share the same travel history as him in the place of residence. In addition, there were nine house movers who were not members of his family or household moving items into his place of residence," said ICA.

Ko is out on bail of $10,000 and will return to court on 22 April. If found guilty, he faces up to six months' jail and/or a fine of up to S$10,000 for each of his two charges under the Infectious Diseases Act.

Members of the public can report information on SHN breaches to ICA at go.gov.sg/reportshnbreach or 6812 5555.

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