Woman who sneezed on security guard during COVID-19 circuit breaker period charged in court

The State Courts building seen on 21 April 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A 46-year-old Taiwanese woman who allegedly sneezed on and verbally abused a female security guard at the entrance of ION Orchard mall after she was denied entry earlier in April was charged in court on Wednesday (22 April).

As she was not wearing a mask on 12 April, Sun Szu-Yen was allegedly denied entry by the ION Orchard security guard.

She is said to have intentionally harassed Devika Rani Muthu Krishna at about 4.43pm by sneezing in her direction and shouting “shut up” in English. Her alleged offence is a contravention of the Protection from Harassment Act and took place after circuit breaker measures were put in place on 7 April.

In a separate charge, on 4 June last year, Sun is accused of throwing a model globe, a plastic chair, a vacuum cleaner, a glass bottle and a few pencils down from level three of her condominium at Fifth Avenue, at about 10pm. This charge relates to endangering the personal safety of others through a rash act.

Sun said in court through a Mandarin interpreter that she did not think what she did constituted harassment. She told the court she would be claiming trial but will not be engaging counsel as she can defend herself.

She will return to court on 29 April for a further mention of her case.

If convicted for committing a rash act to endanger safety, Sun may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to $2,500, or both.

If convicted on using abusive words, Sun can be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $5,000.

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