Actor Terence Cao intends to plead guilty to breaking Covid-19 rules after hosting actor Jeffrey Xu's birthday party

Terence Cao Guohui is said to have allowed 12 guests into the unit. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Veteran actor Terence Cao Guohui intends to plead guilty to breaching safe distancing rules at Mediacorp artiste Jeffrey Xu's birthday party last year, his lawyer said in court on Tuesday (April 27).

A guest at the party - Lance Lim Chee Keong - has also indicated his intention to plead guilty, one of his lawyers Mr Cory Wong said.

Cao and Lim each face a charge under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act for breaching phase two regulations that restricted social gatherings to no more than five people.

Court documents state that Cao, 53, lives in a condominium apartment in Daisy Road off Braddell Road, where the party was held.

He is said to have allowed 12 guests - including Lim, Mr Xu and fellow actor Shane Pow, 30 - into the unit between 9pm on Oct 2 last year and 1am the following day.

Lim, 50, is accused of leaving his home to meet the other party-goers "without reasonable excuse".

Eleven of those who gathered have already been fined $300, in lieu of being prosecuted due to their lower level of culpability.

Mr Xu's 32nd birthday party celebrations received flak on social media after pictures of the unmasked group went viral online.

Cao, who is represented by defence lawyer S.S. Dhillon from Dhillon & Panoo law firm, is expected to return to court on May 25.

Lim is represented by Mr Wong, Mr Josephus Tan and Mr Marshall Lim, who are from Invictus Law Corporation. His case will be heard again on May 18.

First-time offenders who breach laws under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $10,000.

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $20,000.

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