Prosecution to proceed with 4 of 11 charges if Australian man in Changi Airport scuffle pleads guilty

A screenshot from one of two videos showing a man, believed to be the accused, tussling with police at Changi Airport last month.
A screenshot from one of two videos showing a man, believed to be the accused, tussling with police at Changi Airport last month.SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE
The sister and brother-in-law of Jason Peter Darragh, 44,  who has been remanded at Changi Prison's Complex Medical Centre, walk out of the State Courts with lawyer S.S. Dhillon (right), on Friday (May 19).
The sister and brother-in-law of Jason Peter Darragh, 44, who has been remanded at Changi Prison's Complex Medical Centre, walk out of the State Courts with lawyer S.S. Dhillon (right), on Friday (May 19).ST FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - The prosecution will proceed with four of the 11 charges against an Australian man in a Changi Airport scuffle if he pleads guilty to the offences.

Two of the charges are related to an incident caught on a viral video which shows a scuffle between a man and a group of police officers in the Departure Hall of Changi Airport Terminal 2.

According to court documents, Jason Peter Darragh, 44,  allegedly caused hurt to Senior Staff Sergeant Koh See Yong by striking his face with an open palm at around 12.30am on April 20.

At around the same time, the Australian is also accused of using criminal force on Inspector Elzac Lim Chee Keong by pushing him several times.

The two other charges are: using abusive words on a third police officer, and causing annoyance to a woman while drunk in a public place.

Court documents stated that Darragh allegedly hurled vulgarities at Sergeant Ali Kamaruzaman at Tan Tock Seng Hospital at around 6am on April 26.

 
 

Five days later, he allegedly annoyed the woman by loitering around a taxi stand drunk with his hand over his crotch at Tan Tye Place near Clarke Quay.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Lim Yu Hui told the court on Thursday (June 8) that the remaining seven charges will be taken into consideration.

Three of them are: two counts each of using vulgar language on Inspector Lim and Senior Staff Sergeant Koh, and one count of using criminal force on the latter by shoving him and pushing some baggage trolleys in his direction.

The other four charges are: causing annoyance to a man while drunk in public; using abusive words on another man; committing mischief; and being found drunk and incapable of taking care of himself in a public place.

Darragh, who had been offered a bail at $20,000, was still in remand on Thursday and will be back in court on July 6.

His lawyer, Mr S.S. Dhillon, told the court that his client did not want to be bailed out.

He did not give a reason for Darragh's decision.

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