Trader jailed 10 months for Woodlands checkpoint breaches and customs offences

Trader jailed 10 months for Woodlands checkpoint breaches and customs offences

SINGAPORE - The man who dashed across the Woodlands checkpoint in his Mercedes Benz was jailed 10 months and fined $1,400 on Friday for offences including mischief and causing hurt by a rash act.

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Man in alleged checkpoint breach to face more charges

By Elena Chong | The Straits Times

The 64-year-old Malaysian man who allegedly breached a security barrier at Woodlands Checkpoint is likely to face more charges under the Customs Act.

This was revealed by the prosecution on Sunday when Tan Chu Seng was further remanded for another two weeks for psychiatric assessment.

Tan, a delivery driver, is represented by Mr S. Radakrishnan who took over from his previous lawyer Jeffrey Ong.

Tan had been accused of committing a rash act and vandalism when he allegedly drove his Singapore-registered car recklessly, causing injury to auxiliary police officer Safie Mahrom at about 4pm on March 8.

The Singapore permanent resident is said to have damaged the cat-claw security barrier when he drove into it.

This, after he had apparently driven through the checkpoint after being stopped for a boot check.

The security barrier failed to work, which the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said had never happened before.

The customs charges have yet to be tendered in court. Tan will be back on April 14.

About two weeks go, Malaysian school teacher Nurul Rohana Ishak, 27, was given a conditional warning by the police "on account of her mental illness".

Ms Nurul was arrested three days after she slipped past immigration at Woodlands Checkpoint on Jan 17.

The prosecution withdrew charges of criminal trespass, failing to present her passport for examination and failing to stop.

The Kedah native was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

This article was first published on April 1, 2014.
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