Indian-origin Singaporean jailed for assaulting volunteer who asked him to wear a mask properly


SINGAPORE: An Indian-origin Singaporean has been sentenced to seven weeks in prison for assaulting a volunteer at a local food center here after he had to put on his mask as part of safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Was told to wear

58-year-old K. Chandra Segaran, who was previously released from prison for another assault offense in December 2020, hurled racial slurs and punched Brandon Ong, an “SG Clean Ambassador” on duty to ensure that people in public Wear a mask over your mouth in places. , The Straits Times reported on Monday.

The driver, Chandra, was sentenced on Friday to seven weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to one each of assault, harassment and an offense under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

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On April 18, Ong and an assistant police officer saw Chandra walking around the Maxwell Food Center with a mask under his chin, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Joseph Gwi said.

At that time he was not taking any food or drink. Ong asks Chandra to wear his mask properly but he ignores the volunteer.

When Ong repeated his request, Chandra punched the volunteer on the left side of the face and verbally abused him.

The camera mounted on the body of the assistant police officer recorded Chandra’s movement.

“While the victim was not a law enforcement officer or a public servant, the victim was only trying to request that the accused follow the law.

“From the footage, we can hear that the accused told the victim and the witness that he would harass them if they wanted to. The response of the accused was completely inappropriate and came after punching the victim in the face.” said.

The SG Swachh Ambassador network of volunteers was launched in March 2020.

For assault, an offender could face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to SGD 5,000 (USD 3,681.94).

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