Maskless Briton jailed for six weeks


The British national seen in a video without a mask while riding in an MRT train in May has been convicted of all four of his charges following a trial.

Benjamin Glynn, 40, was sentenced to six weeks in jail yesterday.

District Judge Eddy Tham found Glynn guilty of two charges under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, as well as one count each of harassment and being a public nuisance.

Glynn was found guilty of failing to wear a mask while travelling on an MRT train on May 7 and for using threatening words while addressing Insp Chee Xiu Quan and ACP Alvin Quek on May 9

During trial, Chee testified that Glynn had resisted arrest.

He also told the court that Glynn had said that Covid-19 was a “hoax”.

Glynn, who was unrepresented, has been deemed to have no diagnosable mental disorders and fit to plea following observation at the Institute of Mental Health.

Chee testified before District Judge Eddy Tham that he had gone to Glynn’s home with ACP Alvin Quek on May 9 to ascertain if he was indeed the man caught on the video.

According to Chee, the officers were interviewing him on the ground floor when Glynn said that Covid-19 was a “hoax”.

He said Glynn then claimed that he was a boxer who could “take on” the officers.

Chee told the court that they were about to place Glynn in handcuffs when he resisted arrest and adopted a “boxing stance” with both his fists clenched. Glynn also ran towards the entrance of the condominium before he was caught.

Investigation officer Senior Staff Sgt Amirudin Nordin also took the stand.

During his cross-examination, Glynn told the officer: “Some great investigation work there... Sherlock Holmes will be proud of you.”

Tham then told Glynn not to make “unnecessary comments”. — The Straits Times/ANN

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