Woman charged with failing to wear mask, attacking four people

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A woman was charged yesterday with failing to wear a mask in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and attacking four people shortly after the incident.

Leong Pui Hong, 42, was given one charge of breaching a COVID-19 regulation by failing to wear a mask at Ward 5A of Tan Tock Seng Hospital on July 23. She was handed four charges of voluntarily causing hurt to three women and one man at 2.15pm the same day at the lift area of Ward 5A.

According to charge sheets, Leong twisted and pinched one of the women’s hands and stomped on her feet. She allegedly hit another woman’s nose and kicked her foot, before moving on to grab and scratch a third woman’s arm. She is also accused of kicking the man’s leg and punching his stomach. Court documents did not detail the cause for the attacks.

Leong will return to court on November 16. If convicted, she faces a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to SGD10,000, or both for not wearing a mask outside her household.