Phoon Chiu Yoke, who faces seven charges of not wearing his mask in various places and not violating her “Stay Home” notice, has repeatedly told District Attorney (DJ) Janet Wang that he has a “strong professional position.” , served in the Navy for 12 years and was the first female commanding officer.
Phoon was filmed in a confrontation with a safe distance ambassador (SDA) at Marina Bay Sands last month. The May 15 incident was filmed in a viral video showing Phoon insisting on seeing the SDA badge. Phoon also took off her mask after leaving court on May 24, when she was photographed and filmed by the media.
The 53-year-old, who was brought to court on Tuesday after being remanded in custody at the Mental Health Institute, suggested that the prosecutor and the attorney general’s chambers “terminate” the case before causing further “administrative inconvenience” to the parties.
The prosecution has filed a motion for a deferral and $ 10,000 bail to be imposed on Phoon, saying additional charges related to such crimes could be offered. The prosecutor added that if Phoon was placed on bail, she would have to comply with COVID-19 regulations, including wearing a mask.
In response, Phoon, who was wearing a blue shirt and mask over her nose and mouth, said: “I would like to apply for the charges to be dropped and for my release.”
“This means that I am a professional, I was a former naval officer and I have a strong professional reputation. I also have a series of former medical histories that in most other cases most other people will be … depends on respiratory system. “
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Phoon claims that when the investigating officer (IO) first came to her place, there were various “procedural errors”, with the IO failing to confirm her identity and arresting her without an arrest warrant.
Asked if he would seek legal representation, Phoon said he would defend himself but seek legal advice.
Phoon also demanded that the bail be reduced to $ 3,000. In response to the judge’s question about the ballerina, she said that her friends were mostly abroad or were ill in their old age.
The DJ then informed her that bail should be imposed given the number and nature of the charges she was facing. The judge then ordered $ 8,000 bail, warning Phoon that he must comply with COVID-19.
Phoon then asked what those provisions were, to which DJ Wang replied, “Put on a mask in public spaces.”
Phoon replied, “Yes, your honor.”
She will return to court on June 15.
The maximum penalty for violating COVID-19 measures is six months in prison and a $ 10,000 fine. Repetitive offenders can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $ 20,000.
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