'Sovereign' woman charged in court and remanded at IMH
A woman accused of not wearing a mask at Shunfu Mart near Upper Thomson Road amid the coronavirus outbreak was charged in the district court yesterday with one count of being a public nuisance and three counts of violating Covid-19 rules.
Paramjeet Kaur, 40, who made headlines on Sunday after videos emerged of her claiming to be a "sovereign" when confronted at the market, allegedly failed to wear a mask when she was outside her home, as required by law, on more than one occasion.
Kaur was accused of failing to wear a mask over her nose and mouth when she went to a food stall in Upper Thomson Road at around 9.20pm on April 30.
She is similarly accused of not wearing a mask when she went to Shunfu Mart at around 12.20pm on Sunday. That same day, Kaur is said to have caused annoyance to the public by shouting loudly and creating a scene at the market.
She also allegedly ate at a table in front of a stall at Shunfu Mart at around 9.30am on April 14, seven days after circuit breaker measures began.
The measures include no dining at hawker centres.
Kaur was arrested on Monday. She is represented by lawyer Satwant Singh.
Appearing in court via video-link from the Central Police Division building with a mask across her chin, Kaur said: "I am a living woman and that is my only capacity in this matter.
"I extend my sovereign immunity to Satwant and I asked Satwant to represent me."
Kaur will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health and will be back in court on May 19.
For failing to wear a mask over the nose and mouth, a first-time offender 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.
For being a public nuisance, she can be fined up to $2,000. - THE STRAITS TIMES