46-year-old Goh Mei Chi was charged in court earlier today with being a public nuisance, drunkenness in public, as well as committing a rash act causing hurt.
The woman had allegedly shouted and cried near a funeral, as well as trying to hug workers and customers at a good court.
On 9 May 2022 at about 10.30 pm, she was allegedly drunk at a coffee shop located in Pioneer Mall, and causing annoyance to the customers there by throwing and breaking plates.
Then on 28 May 2022, less than 3 weeks later, she was at a food court located in Gek Poh Shopping Centre at about 9.45 pm and allegedly tried to hug the customers and staff, as well as talking loudly, causing annoyance.
On 24 August 2022, Goh was allegedly at the void deck of a HDB block in Boon Lay Drive at about 11.35 pm, when she allegedly shouted and cried near an ongoing funeral procession and caused annoyance to the funeral attendees.
She was previously charged in January with the offences and faced a new charge earlier today for the rash act causing hurt, which she allegedly committed while out on bail on 12 February.
However, information about that charge is not available.
Goh has also filed an application to the Public Defender’s Office to seek help with her legal proceedings, according to the court’s records.
The Public Defender’s office was launched last year (2022) as a department under the Ministry of Law, which helps to enhance access to justice for vulnerable people by providing criminal defence help.
Goh is currently out on a bail of $15,000 and she is expected to return to court for another hearing on 12 April, and if she is ultimately found guilty of public nuisance, she faces a fine of up to $2,000 for each charge of public nuisance.