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Nigel Skea was also fined 1,000 Singapore dollars (£ 540) for the offense, while Singaporean Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, now his wife, was jailed for a week for helping him.
The judge presiding over the case said Skea, 52, left his room at the luxury hotel three times on September 21 last year, despite Singapore requiring people to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine. their arrival in the country.
Arguing on behalf of the couple, his defense said they had been overwhelmed with emotions because they hadn’t seen each other in a long time, and that Skea had traveled from London to propose.
But in sentencing, Judge Jasvender Kaur said that disruptions in relationships were inevitable during the pandemic and that the court must send a “clear message” that such violations cannot be tolerated.
British national Nigel Skea and wife Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai arrive at the State Court in Singapore on February 26. Skea was jailed for two weeks and fined 1,000 Singapore Dollars, the equivalent of £540, while Eyamalai was hailed for a week
Skea arrived from London in September to visit Eyamalai and was ordered to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel.
She texted Eyamalai, 39, with details of where she was staying and she booked a separate room in the same hotel, 13 floors up.
She then slipped out of her room and climbed the emergency stairs to the 27th floor, where Eyamalai, who was not in quarantine, opened the emergency exit door for her.
The couple spent the night together, but a security guard caught him the next morning as he tried to return to his own room.
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He could not access his floor via the emergency staircase, so he had to walk to the fourth floor, where he was seen.
He wasn’t wearing a mask either, another violation of virus rules. The couple, who married in November, pleaded guilty.
His lawyer, Surinder Singh Dhillon, told reporters that they would not appeal the sentences because “they want to finish this matter and he wants to go home as soon as possible.”
According to the BBC, Skea did not react when the judge read his sentence, but his now wife gasped when she heard that she would spend a week in prison.
Briton Skea Nigel and partner Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai arrive at the State Courts for a hearing after breaking coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine regulations in Singapore February 15, after breaking quarantine rules in September last year
Their lawyers reportedly cited a number of other cases, but the judge dismissed them saying that the couple had put hotel staff at risk.
She also said that it did not matter that Skea had stayed within the hotel, saying that he had intentionally chosen to breach his quarantine order when he texted his fiancée of him at the time the moment he had arrived.
The defense argued that Skea had traveled to Singapore in order to propose, and that they were overcome with emotions after not seeing each other for a long time.
But the judge said this was not a mitigating factor, and that the need for restrictions to stop the spread of the pandemic outweighed their need to see each other, with disruptions to relationships an inevitable consequence to Covid measures.
Speaking after the ruling, their lawyers said the couple had mixed feelings about the result, but that they were pleased the sentences were less than what the prosecution had sought.
The lawyer added that Skea did not plan on appealing, and that he wants to ‘finish the matter’ and return to the UK and his work as soon as he can.
The judge presiding over the case said 52-year-old Skea left his room from him in the luxury hotel three times on September 21 last year, with Singapore requiring people to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine upon their arrival to the country.
The judge presiding over the case said 52-year-old Skea left his room from him in the luxury hotel three times on September 21 last year, with Singapore requiring people to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine upon their arrival to the country. Pictured: The exterior of Singapore’s state courts where the couple stood trial
Singapore requires most arrivals to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government-designated hotels. Quarantine violations can be penalized with a fine of up to S $ 10,000 or up to six months in jail, or both.
Authorities in the city-state have been uncompromising when it comes to those breaking virus rules.
The island nation has jailed and fined others for breaking COVID-19 rules, while some foreigners have also had their work permits revoked.
Singapore has been mildly affected by the pandemic, reporting nearly 60,000 cases with 29 deaths.