SINGAPORE – In order to bypass contact-tracing efforts whereas serving a depart of absence, a healthcare worker used her 12-year-old niece’s TraceTogether token to enter public locations to get meals and borrow library books.
On Monday (April 25), Priscilla Tan Siew Sin, 34, was fined $10,000 for dishonest by personation. Two different related costs have been considered for her sentencing.
Tan didn’t have Covid-19 on the time.
The court docket heard that Tan, a affected person service affiliate on the National Neuroscience Institute in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, on April 30 final yr had been established as a contact of a health care provider who examined optimistic for Covid-19, and was positioned on a depart of absence.
She was allowed on the time to go away her place of residence for requirements reminiscent of to purchase meals.
However, Tan was involved about stepping into hassle for leaving the home if she was discovered to have contracted Covid-19 or if she got here into contact with another person who had the virus, mentioned Deputy Public Prosecutor Wu Yu Jie.
With her swab consequence nonetheless pending on April 30 final yr, Tan used her niece’s TraceTogether token to purchase dinner from The Poiz Centre in Upper Serangoon.
She additionally used her niece’s token on May 2 that yr on the [email protected] to borrow books and later at Marina Square to get dinner.
Tan’s attorneys, Ms Joyce Khoo and Ms Diana Ngiam from Quahe Woo & Palmer, urged the court docket to impose a $5,000 fantastic, arguing that no precise hurt was brought on by Tan’s actions.
Ms Khoo mentioned the Covid-19 scenario on the time was very complicated for many, and her shopper made the misguided choice to make use of her niece’s TraceTogether token when she was allowed to make use of her personal.
“It was a foolish mistake,” she added.
DPP Wu accepted that Tan was allowed to go away her house however argued that she meant to bypass contact tracing.
Calling for basic deterrence to cease others from committing related offences, DPP Wu mentioned that the extra individuals act this manner, the much less impactful the contact-tracing regime can be.
The defence additionally pleaded for leniency within the gentle of the easing of measures that comes into impact on Tuesday, together with most venues not requiring examine in with TraceTogether.
However, District Judge Ronald Gwee mentioned one has to take a look at the time the offence was dedicated, and added that the Government has mentioned that ought to the Covid-19 scenario worsen, measures might be tightened once more.
For dishonest by personation, Tan might have been jailed for 5 years, fined, or each.