Fracas in airport: Aussie still in remand

The sister and brother-in-law of Jason Peter Darragh leaving the State Courts with Darragh's lawyer S.S. Dhillon yesterday. Darragh will be back in court on June 8.
The sister and brother-in-law of Jason Peter Darragh leaving the State Courts with Darragh's lawyer S.S. Dhillon yesterday. Darragh will be back in court on June 8.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Suspect in viral video being held at prison medical centre; bail was offered at $20,000

The man allegedly involved in a tussle with policemen at Changi Airport last month will remain in remand at Changi Prison Complex Medical Centre.

Australian Jason Peter Darragh, who was slapped with 11 charges last Saturday, allegedly assaulted a police officer, among other things. The act was caught in videos that went viral.

Bail was offered at $20,000 but only a Singaporean above 21 years old, who is not a bankrupt and does not have any pending criminal proceedings against him, can stand as surety.

There was no mention of why he is being held at the medical centre.

Darragh appeared in court yesterday represented by lawyer S.S. Dhillon. His sister and brother-in-law were also in court but declined comment.

Darragh will be back in court on June 8. He faces three counts of using vulgar language on police officers and two counts of using criminal force on them. He is also accused of two counts of causing annoyance to others while drunk in a public place.

Darragh was also charged with one count each of assaulting a police officer, using abusive words on a man, committing mischief, and being found drunk and incapable of taking care of himself in a public place.

The incident started at the Terminal 2 departure hall between 12.15am and 12.30am on April 20 when he allegedly threw a man's mobile phone on the floor and swore at him.

Darragh is said to have pushed two policemen - Inspector Elzac Lim Chee Keong and Senior Staff Sergeant Koh See Yong - who went to the scene, and threatened them with more vulgar language. Darragh is also accused of hitting SSG Koh in the face.

Following the incident, Darragh allegedly found himself in more trouble between April 21 and May 1, while being drunk.

If convicted of assaulting a police officer, he can be jailed up to seven years and fined, or caned.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'Fracas in airport: Aussie still in remand'. Print Edition | Subscribe