British expatriate, Benjamin Glynn, 39, was charged in court on Friday, July 2, for failing to wear a mask without reasonable excuse, public nuisance, and using threatening words towards a public servant.
He arrived in court in the morning without his mask on.He was the man seen on video on the MRT train without a mask and saying he will never wear one.
SMRT lodged a police report in response.
Told repeatedly to wear mask
Glynn only put on his mask outside of court after he was repeatedly reminded to do so by court officers.
He even rested his mask on his chin a few moments after wearing it.
In court, the judge also reminded the man twice to wear his mask properly.
Lawyer not present in court
Glynn turned up to court in a blue print shirt and pink Bermuda shorts.
He was accompanied by a man dressed as equally casually in a white polo shirt.
In court, Glynn said a man who was his legal counsel was not allowed in as he was inappropriately dressed.
Glynn also did not have his TraceTogether app or token with him.
The man who was dressed equally casually then did a joint check-in and both men were allowed in.
When asked if he intends to claim trial or plead guilty, Glynn told the court: “I don’t understand the options.”
The British man was subsequently photographed leaving court without his mask on.
The police said on July 1 that Glynn purportedly threatened to knock police officers down when they showed up at his place of residence on May 9, two days after the video was filmed.
Court documents said he allegedly told the officers, “I’m gonna f***ing drop you”, while adopting a boxing stance at about 12.30am.
He was at the ground floor lift lobby of the Allsworth Park condominium at that time.
Glynn told Daily Mail previously before he was charged that Singapore should let him go since he wants to get out of the country.
He is now reportedly jobless.
Anyone convicted of the offence of public nuisance faces a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to S$2,000, or both.
A person who contravenes the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 may face a fine of up to S$10,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both upon conviction.
Those found guilty of using threatening words towards a public servant who is on duty could be fined up to S$5,000, jailed up to 12 months, or both.
All media via Yahoo Singapore