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Singapore: British national faces 6 months jail for violating quarantine to visit partner

A British man pleaded guilty to breaking Singapore’s quarantine rules by leaving his hotel room to visit his fiancée.

Nigel Skea, 52, walked up an emergency staircase to spend the night with Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, 39, in September. The couple are now married. Eyamalai admitted aiding him.

Breaking the rules could bring six months in jail, but the prosecutor has sought a lesser period and fines. The sentencing is expected to take place next week.

Singapore requires people to spend 14 days in a hotel upon arrival.

Skea pleaded guilty to one charge of contravening a control order and one of failing to wear a face mask. Eyamalai admitted a single charge of conspiring to contravene a control order.

Court documents said Skea had left his room three times.

Eyamalai had booked a room in the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore Hotel, where he was quarantined.

Singapore has been been one of the most successful countries in tackling the pandemic. Despite a big outbreak among its foreign workers early on, local infection rates have for months been low.

Last June, a group of British men living in Singapore were banned from working there again after breaking lockdown to go on a “bar crawl”.

They were also fined around USD $6,800 each.