Singapore manager fined $ 9,000 for misleading 3 Indians for $ 40,000

Sean Pang Tong Heng saw the men as “troublemakers”. (Representative)


A Singapore manager was fined 9,000 dollars on Thursday for imprisoning three Indian nationals in a room for misbehaving with a company manager in Singapore amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

Workers were first confined from May 12 to 15, and then on a five-week stretch from May 19 to June 26, The Stroman Times reported.

Sean Pang Tong Heng previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wrongful imprisonment.

Indian activists are Ganesan Pandi, Pandian Jakakanthan and Muthuraj Thangaraj. The report said that three other allegations involving similar men were considered.

Md Noor E., a lawyer representing the 41-year-old Singaporean. Adnan told District Judge Prem Raj that his client was regretting it.

Sean Pang Tong Heng saw the men as “troublemakers”.

The lawyer said that during the outbreak, Ganesh Pandi and Pandian Zakanthan left their residency in Tuas to buy liquor despite being near the COAVID-19 cluster.

Pandian Jakkanthan also ran a company lorry without a license. For Thangaraj, the lawyer said, he was caught earlier for drink driving.

The court heard that the room has clean beds, a bathroom as well as a Wi-Fi connection. They were also given food and sufficient water.

But Deputy Public Prosecutor Eric Hu said it was no excuse for the manager to take matters into his own hands.

Before sentencing, the judge said the manager should have informed the police about the workers.

For each count of wrongful imprisonment, a criminal may face up to three years in prison and a fine.


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