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WOMAN WHO INSULTED JUDGE & YELLED “THIS IS A KANGAROO COURT”, GETS 3 NEW CHARGES

52-year-old Lee Hui Yin, was previously charged on 11 November under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act and the Protection from Harassment Act for her actions during a court hearing on 18 August 2021.

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She is now facing an additional 3 more charges, given to her on 28 November, with 2 of them being for her failure to attend to orders served to her by a public servant.

She is facing a total of 7 charges.

She had reportedly failed to show up at the Central Police Division HQ for police investigations on 2 occasions, on 10 August 2021 and 31 August 2021.

Her third (additional) charge is for her failure to appear at the state courts on 15 September earlier this year.

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Police’s previous statement on 11 November

The Police will be charging a 52-year-old woman on 11 November 2022 for offences under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act and the Protection from Harassment Act for her actions during a court hearing on 18 August 2021.

On 18 August 2021, the woman was seated in the public gallery at the State Courts during a trial involving Mr Benjamin Glynn. She was asked to step out of a courtroom to adjust her mask, which was askew. She then used insulting words towards a District Judge of the State Courts by shouting “This is [a] ridiculous kangaroo court”, “if the kangaroo court requires me to wear a mask” and “I do not respect the judge”.

The woman will be charged with an offence of using insulting words towards a public servant, which is punishable under Section 6(3) of the Protection from Harassment Act. If found guilty, the woman is liable for enhanced punishment under Section 8(1)(d) of the Protection from Harassment Act as she was previously convicted and sentenced in April 2014 to a mandatory treatment order for committing a similar offence. In addition, the woman had behaved in a disorderly manner in the courtroom on 18 August 2021. Hence, she will also be charged with an offence of disorderly behaviour in the immediate vicinity of a court under Section 20 of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act.

The offence of using insulting words towards a public servant, punishable under Section 8(1)(d) of the Protection from Harassment Act, may be punished with imprisonment of up to two years, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. The offence of disorderly behaviour under Section 20 of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act is punishable with imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

In addition, the woman is being investigated for offences of failing to attend in obedience to order from public servants under section 174 of the Penal Code, as well as offences involving the use of criminal force against Police officers under section 353 of the Penal Code.

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
11 November 2022 @ 8:53 AM

Recap

Benjamin Glynn, the Briton charged with not wearing his mask on a train and again outside the state courts, was in court on 18 August 2021 to contest his four charges of not wearing a mask, public nuisance and his use of threatening words to a public servant.

One of Benjamin Glynn’s supporters, Lee Hui Yin, was not wearing her mask properly when a security guard told her to do so.

She then reacted to the guard angrily as her mask slipped down and she had her entire mask off her face.

District Judge Eddy Tham then told her to step outside if she was not wearing a mask.

The agitated woman then exclaimed: “This is a ridiculous kangaroo court!”

The security guards then approached her as she told them: “You don’t touch me, I have no contract with you!”

She then said something about this not being about a mask, but about “control”.

A man then tried to admit himself as the accused’s (Glynn) lawyer but failed because he didn’t have a practising license, then told the security guard to refrain from “provoking” the woman.

Judge Tham then ordered the woman to be taken out of the courtroom: “That is enough interruption, please bring her out of the courtroom now.”

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Proceedings were halted as the woman was hauled out of court, she then exclaimed as security guards surrounded her (without touching her): “You don’t tell me what to do, I’m a living, breathing woman. Shut up. I do not respect the judge.”

As the judge was away, Glynn continued his taunting remarks at the prosecutor: “Back to law school for you, Mr Koh.”

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