Duo to be charged with harassing frontline-worker neighbours

SINGAPORE – A man and a woman who allegedly harassed their neighbours, chanting “virus, virus” and spraying disinfectant, are expected to be charged on Friday (May 21).

The victims are believed to be a nurse and his family.

The police said a 55-year-old man and 48-year-old woman had allegedly used vulgarities and made insulting remarks to their neighbours, sprayed disinfectant towards the neighbour’s flat and its occupants, and splashed water along the common corridor.

The woman will also be charged with causing public nuisance in an unrelated incident.

The police said a report was made on May 15 last year and it had been investigating since.

While investigations were going on, they received several more reports, from October last year to January this year, alleging similar harassment by the duo.

This was despite all parties involved attending mediation at the Community Mediation Centre last June to seek a resolution.

Investigations of other offences allegedly committed by the woman against her neighbours, reported last month, are also ongoing.

The Straits Times understandsthat the victims were the nurse, his wife who is also an essential service worker, and their two children.

Videos of the incidents were shared widely online after being uploaded to social media by the nurse.

He alleged that the duo had sprayed him with disinfectant while chanting “virus, virus”.

The police said it does not condone any behaviour that impacts the sense of safety and security in neighbourhoods, and urged members of the public to practise neighbourliness and work to overcome Covid-19 together.

Those found guilty of harassment may be jailed for up to six months, or fined up to $5,000, or both.

Those found guilty of public nuisance may be jailed for up to three months, or fined up to $2,000, or both.

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