11 fined total of $25,200 for unlawful gathering during circuit breaker

The illegal get-together took place on May 16 and into the wee hours of May 17 at Alex Teo Han Yuan's EastBay condo unit near Upper East Coast Road. He had invited six friends to his home and they invited more people.
The illegal get-together took place on May 16 and into the wee hours of May 17 at Alex Teo Han Yuan's EastBay condo unit near Upper East Coast Road. He had invited six friends to his home and they invited more people.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

An illegal get-together during the circuit breaker at EastBay condominium has cost 11 men a total of $25,200 in fines.

The men pleaded guilty yesterday to an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

Members of the public were banned from leaving home without a valid reason or meeting other people not living in the same place for social reasons during the circuit breaker period from April 7 to June 1.

Alex Teo Han Yuan, 27, was given the steepest fine of $3,000 for holding the event in May at his EastBay unit in Tay Lian Teck Road near Upper East Coast Road.

Teo Wee Liang, 27, was fined $2,700, while three others - Zane Lucas Quek, 27; Joey Seng Koon Hwee, 32; and Nicholas Tan Zhi Qin, 34 - were each fined $2,500.

A fine of $2,000 each was levied on the other six men: Darren Ho Shu Qiang, 23; Neo Hwee Siang, 24; Ryan Tan Jia Wei, 25; Jeffrey Foo Chek Suan, 28; Lim Cheng Yao; 29 and Winston Lee Wei Zheng, 35.

The case involving a 12th man, Nicholas Lau Wei Chong, 25, is still pending, with a pre-trial conference to be held on Oct 15.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Yee Jia Rong and Kor Zhen Hong said that Alex Teo invited six friends to his home on May 16 as he was facing personal difficulties at the time.

Five were among the 11 convicted yesterday; another guest, Sim Jia Yang, will be dealt with later.

These friends then invited more people to the gathering, with all arriving from around 11pm.

The court heard that the condominium had neither a guardhouse nor a security officer on duty that evening.

 
 
 

Shortly after midnight on May 17, its property manager alerted the police after a resident complained about the unlawful gathering.

A policewoman arrived at the unit at around 12.30am.

Alex Teo identified himself as the unit's main tenant and admitted he had allowed guests into his home.

A first-time offender can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $10,000 for each charge under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

A repeat offender can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $20,000.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2020, with the headline '11 fined total of $25,200 for unlawful gathering during circuit breaker'. Subscribe