Man who walked across F1 race track released on personal bond of $15K

Dhokia must surrender any travel document and report to the investigation officer at Central police station at least daily.
Dhokia must surrender any travel document and report to the investigation officer at Central police station at least daily.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The man who walked across the race track during the Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix was allowed to be out on personal bond of $15,000 on Friday (Oct 2).

Briton Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia's lawyer Shashi Nathan, who was briefed earlier this week, applied successfully for the 27-year-old's bail to be varied. His parents were in court.

Counsel made the unusual application of asking that Dhokia be released "on his own cognisance''.

Under the conditions of bail, agreed to by both defence and prosecution, Dhokia must surrender any travel document and report to the investigation officer at Central police station at least daily. He must also reside with his parents at a local hotel and his movements must be made known to the investigation officer at all times or at the officer's discretion.

 

Dhokia was produced in court last Tuesday for acting rashly to endanger the safety of the F1 drivers involved in the race near Turn 13 along Esplanade Drive at about 9pm on Sept 20.

The case scheduled originally for Oct 6 is now fixed for pre-trial conference on Oct 16.

If convicted, Dhokia could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500 .

Singapore Grand Prix organisers are considering tighter security for next year's race, with higher fences and more marshals.