Man charged with saying he suspected he had coronavirus, coughing at another man in SingPost outlet

Man charged with saying he suspected he had coronavirus, coughing at another man in SingPost outlet

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Vijayan Pillay Sandarasegaran in court on May 15, 2020. (Photo: TODAY/Ili Nadhirah Mansor)

SINGAPORE: A man was on Friday (May 15) charged with public nuisance and using threatening behaviour after he said he suspected he had coronavirus during a visit to the Singapore Post (SingPost) outlet in Tampines and coughed at another man. 

Vijayan Pillay Sandarasegaran, 41, visited the SingPost outlet on Mar 30. He did not wear a face mask but coughed loudly and did not undergo the required temperature screening before entering the premises at 5 Tampines Central 6, charge sheets showed. 

Vijayan is also accused of intentionally coughing twice towards a man's face. He did so with the intent to cause harassment to the man, according to court documents. 

Vijayan, who said he works at a club, told the court that he intends to plead guilty but wants to engage a lawyer to help him with his mitigation.

"I just want to engage a counsel for my mitigation," he said. "Because I never approach anyone for any reason, people just approached me ... your honour, I'm sorry." 

He will return to court next month.

If guilty of committing a public nuisance, he can be fined up to S$1,000. If convicted of using threatening behaviour, he can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$5,000 or both.

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Source: CNA/ll(hs)

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