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6 weeks behind bars for British man in Singapore who went maskless on MRT

Benjamin Glynn was convicted of four charges including one of harassment and another of being a public nuisance.

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A British man who was caught on video going maskless on an MRT train in Singapore earlier this year was sentenced to six weeks in jail after a court today convicted him of several charges including one of harassment and another of being a public nuisance.

In the incident said to have taken place before May 8, Benjamin Glynn, 40, reportedly told others on the train with him that he would “never wear a mask”.

According to The Straits Times, police officers who went to his home on May 9 to determine if he was the man in the clip said Glynn had told them that Covid-19 was a hoax and that the vaccine “was bad for human health”.

They also said that he had resisted arrest and warned them that he was a boxer who could “take them on”.

Glynn, who had argued that the charges against him did not apply as he was a “sovereign”, was slapped with two counts under Singapore’s Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act in addition to the charges of harassment and being a public nuisance.

The court convicted him of all four counts.

Singapore has adopted a hard stance against those who violate Covid-19 health measures, including jail terms and fines.

In May, it banned nine Britons from working in the city-state after they broke virus rules by partying on a yacht.

In June last year, meanwhile, it banned four British men from working there after going on a pub crawl in a breach of curbs.

Singapore had reported more than 65,000 cases and 42 deaths as of Aug 11.

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