An Indian-origin Singaporean has been sentenced to seven weeks in jail for assaulting a volunteer at a neighborhood meals centre right here after being requested to put on his masks correctly as a part of the protection measures to test the unfold of the coronavirus.
Ok. Chandra Segaran, 58, who had earlier been launched from jail for one more assault offence in December 2020, hurled racial insults and punched Brandon Ong, an “SG Clean Ambassador” on responsibility to make sure folks put on masks over their mouths correctly in public locations, The Straits Times reported on Monday.
Chandra, a driver, was sentenced to seven weeks in jail on Friday after he pleaded responsible to 1 rely every of assault, harassment and an offence underneath the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Joseph Gwee stated that on April 18, Ong and an auxiliary police officer noticed Chandra strolling across the Maxwell Food Centre together with his masks beneath his chin.
He was not consuming any meals or drinks on the time. Ong requested Chandra to put on his masks correctly however he ignored the volunteer.
When Ong repeated his request, Chandra punched the volunteer on the left facet of his face and verbally abused him.
The auxiliary police officer’s body-worn digital camera recorded Chandra’s act.
“Whilst the sufferer was not a legislation enforcement officer or public servant within the strict sense, the sufferer was merely making an attempt to request that the accused abide by the legislation.
“From the footage, we are able to hear that the accused had defiantly instructed the sufferer and the witness that he would give them hassle in the event that they wished it. The accused’s response was fully unwarranted and occurred after he had punched the sufferer on the face,” the DPP stated.
The SG Clean Ambassador community of volunteers was launched in March 2020.