A British ex-pat on trial in Singapore for refusing to put on a masks on the subway has been remanded into a psychological hospital after declaring the court docket listening to ‘ridiculous.’
Benjamin Glynn, initially from Yorkshire, berated the decide on Thursday calling the proceedings ‘disgusting’ and ‘preposterous’ as spectators cheered in the general public gallery.
The 39-year-old was initially arrested for failing to put on a masks on the practice on May 7, however has been additional charged for refusing to put on a face overlaying at his first court docket look final month.
Prosecutor Timotheus Koh informed the decide he had communicated with Glynn’s family and friends who spoke of a ‘marked change of behaviour’ for the reason that pandemic began.
‘The accused’s behaviour in court docket speaks for itself,’ Mr Koh added.
Glynn shot again: ‘My thoughts is crystal clear. I’m conscious. I’m enlightened. Just as a result of I refuse to be a slave, you accuse me of being a lunatic.’
Throughout the listening to, Glynn declared that he was a ‘sovereign’ and denounced the legitimacy of the court docket, saying he would neither plead responsible nor not responsible.
Benjamin Glynn, 39, went viral on the web in May after he was filmed refusing to put on a masks on the subway in Singapore
Glynn additionally lost a new job he was as a result of begin in the UK and fears he may must spend as a lot as 12 months on bail earlier than his trial
The married father-of-two additional claimed that he had been ‘kidnapped and kidnapped’ and ‘tortured bodily and psychologically.’
He says he spent 18 days ‘being tortured in Changi Prison.’
Glynn urged the decide to return his passport in order that he may journey house to Britain to see his spouse and kids.
‘They’ve stolen my passport, my God-given proper to journey,’ he stated.
‘I am unable to consider this has been occurring for the reason that eighth of May,’ Glynn stated, in response to Channel News Asia.
‘It’s so simple it is so clear that this sham of a case must be dropped.’
He added: ‘I’m disgusted with how the Singapore judicial system has handled me.’
At this level a lady received up in the general public gallery to clap and cheer.
Glynn has been in custody since July 19 after his £2,700 bail was revoked by the decide.
At the beginning of proceedings, the defendant launched Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman as his authorized consultant.
Mr Rahman has additionally acted as Glynn’s bailor, in response to The Straits Times, and was turned away from the court docket beforehand for inappropriate attire.
District Judge Eddy Tham blocked Mr Rahman from representing Glynn as a result of he was not legally certified.
Mr Rahman informed the decide that he was an ‘ambassador-at-large and advocate of Kingdom Filipina Hacienda’ and had each proper to defend his ‘sovereign compatriot.’
Judge Tham replied that this was ‘not the position’ of Singaporean regulation.
Prosecutor Mr Koh went on to argue that Glynn wanted to be reviewed by psychiatrists as a result of there is proof he is not of ‘sound thoughts.’
‘Prosecution has acquired a letter from the accused’s household and pals or individuals purporting to be his household and pals and in this letter, the individuals report a marked change of behaviour in the accused’s person who was noticeable particularly after the COVID restrictions set in,’ Mr Koh stated, in response to CNA.
Glynn, 39 (pictured) arrived for one other court docket look final month with out a masks and was additional charged for this alleged offence
Glynn (pictured) is in opposition to the wearing of masks as he would not consider them to be efficient
Mr Koh famous an elevated ‘hostility’ by Glynn in direction of his household.
The prosecutor stated that in gentle of this new data, in addition to Glynn’s behaviour in court docket, it might not be ‘prudent’ to proceed to trial with out a medical report.
Glynn interrupted the lawyer, saying: ‘The certificates of vaccine rules do not apply to the residing man and I’m properly conscious of this truth.
‘Why have the masks rules been dropped throughout America and Europe? Because they’re unconstitutional. I do not get my data from the Straits Times.’
However, Judge Tham agreed with Mr Koh and ordered Glynn to be remanded to the Institute of Mental Health till August 19.
Before he was led to the cells, Glynn known as out: ‘Good luck stepping into the Book of Life, Mr Koh. How are you able to say Singapore is a secure nation. Police who hunt me down like a pack of untamed animals. This is not justice. This is disgusting.’
Glynn had been working for the Singaporean department of a British recruitment company since January 2017.
Weeks earlier than he was as a result of return to the UK for a new job, he was filmed with out a masks on a subway close to Raffles Place, the monetary district of Singapore, on May 7.
In Singapore it is necessary to put on a masks when residents depart their properties, with only a few exceptions.
The clip was broadly shared on social media and detectives quickly tracked Glynn down.
Glynn is a British expat initially from Helmsley, Yorkshire, who is now caught in Singapore awaiting trial after Singapore police arrested him on May 8 for not wearing a masks on public transport the day earlier than
The Brit claims that he was arrested by police whereas his household had been asleep on May 8.
He beforehand revealed how his household had returned house to Leeds on May 31, saying: ‘This entire scenario is ridiculous. I wish to depart the nation anyway – simply let me go!
Glynn has beforehand spoken out to say he thinks masks are ineffective in stopping the unfold of Covid-19
‘I believe it is insane that I’m going through a trial in any respect, simply for not wearing a masks.’
He is now out of labor as a result of he was as a result of switch to a position again in the UK, which has now been revoked.
‘It’s a horrible scenario to be in after I do not know after I can subsequent see my household,’ he stated beforehand.
‘Especially after I do not even consider masks cease the unfold of the virus in the primary place.
‘I actually consider it is a hoax – I do not really feel there is any proof to point out mask-wearing is efficient in any manner.
‘From a scientific foundation, I believe it is nonsense, however now all I can do is wait.’
Glynn is charged with harassment, being a public nuisance, an offence below the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act and a cost linked to an offence ‘inside and out of doors’ the States Court constructing.
If convicted for breaching the Covid-19 guidelines he faces as much as six months in jail and a tremendous of £5,300.
For harassment, the utmost sentence is a year in jail and a tremendous of £2,700.