Today, the gentlest of coughs could send millions sprinting like as if their lives depended on it. Who in the right mind would even dare to let out a cough?
Unless you’re this guy. He’s done it and he’s paying for the consequence of doing so.
Man Who Claimed to Have the Coronavirus Charged for Public Nuisance
A 41-year-old man who claimed to have contracted the Coronavirus was charged with public nuisance upon being found guilty of using threatening behaviour against another man at the Singapore Post (Singpost) outlet in Tampines.
According to CNA, the accused, Vijayan Pillay Sandarasegaran, had visited the Singpost outlet without a mask on 30 March. Charge sheets from the day of his visit showed that he had failed to undergo the mandatory temperature screening upon his entry.
Now, remember: it was 30 March 2020. Walking around without a mask isn’t an offence.
But coughing at others is.
It was reported that Mr Vijayan had coughed loudly during his visit despite not wearing a mask. He was also accused of intentionally coughing twice towards the direction of another man’s face.
The 41-year-old was charged in court today.
Other than that, he also said he was suspended to have COVID-19.
Pretty sure no one in their right might would say that and cough at others.
Accused Intends To Plead Guilty To Charges
A statement from the accused to the court suggests that his intention to plead guilty to the case. According to court documents, Mr Vijayan had admitted to his intent of harassing the man he had coughed at.
“I just want to engage a counsel for my mitigation,” he said. “Because I never approach anyone for any reason, people just approached me. Your honour, I’m sorry.”
He is scheduled to return to court the following month.
If he is found guilty of committing public nuisance, he can be subjected to a fine of up to S$1000. If convicted of using threatening behaviour, he can be jailed up to six months, fined up to S$5000 or both.
The pandemic has been an obvious trying time for Singapore and its people. It’s no wonder that everybody’s just going nuts in the confines of their humble abodes.
But please don’t anyhowly cough at people.
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