Court rules Singapore Swimming Club did not defame woman by calling her a trespasser in notice

Invited guest was not signed in by member of Singapore Swimming Club, which put up a notice about her trespass

The facade of the Singapore Swimming Club located at 45 Tanjong Rhu Road.
The facade of the Singapore Swimming Club located at 45 Tanjong Rhu Road. PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

A judge cleared a club from a defamation suit brought by a visitor for putting up a notice with her picture declaring she had trespassed and was to be treated as persona non grata.

Ms Shirleen Toh had entered the Singapore Swimming Club's premises without being signed in by a member, through no fault of her own, the judge acknowledged. However, he ruled, in this signal case for similar members' clubs, the club did not libel Ms Toh as it had a duty to inform its 17,000 members of her status.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Court rules club did not defame 'trespasser''. Subscribe