Malaysian motorist charged for attempted checkpoint breach sent for psych assessment

The Malaysian who was arrested on Monday for attempting to enter Singapore without proper immigration clearance was charged in court on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and remanded for psychiatric assessment. -- PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORIT
The Malaysian who was arrested on Monday for attempting to enter Singapore without proper immigration clearance was charged in court on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and remanded for psychiatric assessment. -- PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

The Malaysian who was arrested on Monday for attempting to enter Singapore without proper immigration clearance was charged in court on Wednesday and remanded for psychiatric assessment.

Mohd Sani Bin Mohamad Salleh was charged for attempting to enter Singapore without a valid pass, and sent to the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks. His case will be mentioned in court again on May 7.

The 33-year-old is accused of having attempted to drive out of the Woodlands Checkpoint at about 10.45am on Monday, after he was directed for further checks as he was unable to produce his travel document at the arrival car counter.

This is the fourth such case this year, two of which, including the latest attempt, were stopped by officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and police officers within the checkpoint. Perpetrators of the earlier two cases were also eventually arrested and charged.

If convicted, Mohd Sani faces up to six months' imprisonment and at least three strokes of the cane.

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