SINGAPORE (AFP) – A Singapore court has sentenced a London-based woman to 10 weeks in jail for illegally entering the city-state by sea in a “vigilante’s attempt” to take custody of her two-year-old son.
Court documents sent to AFP on Tuesday said the 30-year-old woman, who is in the middle of divorcing her Singaporean husband, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to an immigration offence.
The documents said she sneaked into Singapore with two male accomplices in the early hours of August 19 aboard a catamaran hired from neighbouring Malaysia to try to take her son back from his paternal grandparents.
Her name and nationality cannot be revealed due to a court gag order but court officials said she is London-based.
She was arrested with one of the two accomplices, Briton Adam Christopher Whittington, a managing director of Sweden-based Child Abduction Recovery International, at a downtown hotel. They were involved in an altercation with the child’s grandparents hours earlier after they tried to pry him away from them outside their apartment building.