British anti-masker Benjamin Glynn kicked out of S'pore, can't return here anymore

He has maintained he wanted to get out of Singapore.

Belmont Lay | August 21, 2021, 03:30 AM

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British expat, Benjamin Glynn, 40, has been kicked out of Singapore for good.

The anti-masker's deportation was carried out after he was found guilty and convicted here of several offences pertaining to not wearing a face mask in public.

He has been sent back to the United Kingdom, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Aug. 20.

Glynn will be disallowed from ever re-entering Singapore.

The Briton told British media previously before he was charged that he just wanted to leave the country and demanded to be let off after investigations by the authorities commenced over his antics.

Swift process

Glynn was released from custody by the Singapore Prison Service on Aug. 18 and handed over to the ICA within the same day.

The entire process of getting Glynn out of the country was swift.

His release occurred right after he went on trial, and was convicted and sentenced, all in the same day on Wednesday.

Served four out of six weeks of jail term

The six-week jail term he was given was backdated to July 19, 2021.

Glynn was handed a fresh charge for failing to wear a mask outside the State Courts that day.

The offence was committed when he was released on bail for a similar crime, and while he was supposed to not reoffend.

He was remanded in prison from July 19 to Aug. 4, followed by a stint in the Institute of Mental Health from Aug. 5 to 18.

In total, he managed to serve four weeks of his six weeks sentence, owing to the two-third remission system that Singapore practises.

The judge who sentenced Glynn had referenced the two-third remission system for good behaviour when he passed his verdict.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor had initially pushed for a seven-week jail term, which meant that Glynn would still have been incarcerated for four more days had this sentence been passed.

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