A Singaporean woman accused of failing to wear a mask in public on more than one occasion was slapped with two new charges on Tuesday (19 May).
41-year-old Paramjeet Kaur, infamous among members of the public online for making claims of being a ‘sovereign’ in a viral video clip recently, was accused today of failing to wear a mask over her nose and mouth an Upper Thomson Road food stall on 26 April.
The other new charge pertains to her alleged failure to report to a registration officer her change of home address within the stipulated 28 days after moving into the new residence in November last year.
Ms Kaur, who wore a mask in court today, refused to state her full name when she was asked to do so.
“I go by Pam,” she said.
When she was asked if she understood the additional charges made against her, she replied: “I’m a living woman. I reserve my rights.”
Ms Kaur is no longer represented by lawyer Satwant Singh and is now the client of Anil Singh Sandhu.
Mr Anil Singh confirmed with District Judge Adam Nakhoda that Ms Kaur is his client.
The judge granted Ms Kaur a S$10,000 bail and instructed her not to commit any offence while out on bail.
Previously, Ms Kaur was arrested on 4 May and was charged the subsequent day with refusing to put on a mask and being a public nuisance.
She faced four charges, three of which were made under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.
A charge of assaulting another woman who told her to put on a mask at Shunfu Market on 3 May was dropped.
Ms Kaur was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks after the district judge decided that — in agreement with the police prosecutor during the previous hearing — the accused should be placed under observation to check if she was sound to make a plea in court.
Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, Ms Kaur could be jailed up to six months and fined up to S$10,000 for each charge.
She may also be subject to a fine of up to S$2,000 if found guilty for being a public nuisance.
She could face a jail term of up to five years and fined up to S$5,000 for violating the National Registration Act.
The case is adjourned to 2 June. The court granted Mr Anil Singh a request for Ms Kaur to not appear in court for the next hearing unless more charges are to be read on that day.
As of 14 April, the Government has made the wearing of masks when leaving the house mandatory.
Except for the children below the age of two and those who are engaging in strenuous exercises such as running and jogging, anyone who found flouting the rules the first time will be subject to a S$300 fine.
A second offence will carry a fine of S$1,000 while egregious cases will be prosecuted in court. Foreigners residing in Singapore on permanent resident status or work passes will also have their status or passes revoked.