British man faces six jail for breaking Singapore's Covid laws

British man faces six months in jail for breaking Singapore’s coronavirus rules by sneaking out of his hotel room to meet his fiancée

  • Nigel Skea, 52, pleaded guilty to breaking Singapore’s strict Covid laws
  • He snuck out of his room at the five-star Ritz Carlton Millenia three times
  • During one breach, he visited his Singaporean fiancée staying on the 27th floor

A British man has pleaded guilty to breaking Singapore’s strict coronavirus rules by sneaking out of his hotel room to meet his fiancée during quarantine.

Nigel Skea, 52, faces six months in prison for leaving his room in the five-star Ritz Carlton Millenia three times on September 21.

One of the breaches was to meet his Singaporean partner Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, who was not in quarantine but had booked a room in the same hotel.


Nigel Skea has pleaded guilty to breaking Singapore’s strict coronavirus rules by sneaking out of his hotel room to meet his fiancée Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai (both pictured in court on Monday)

The Briton faces six months in prison for leaving his room in the five-star Ritz Carlton Millenia three times on September 21

Skea was serving his 14-day quarantine in a room which is mandatory for most incoming visitors in Singapore

Skea was also not wearing a mask, which is required in Singapore, during his ventures out of his hotel room. 

Eyamalai, 39, who married Skea in November, pleaded guilty to abetting him. 

The city-state requires most arrivals to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government-designated hotels.

Skea was twice ‘loitering along the corridor’ and went to Eyamalai’s room 13 floors higher by using a stairwell through an emergency exit door, which she had opened for him, according to the charges.

‘This is a classic tale of two lovers wanting to be together and trying to be as close as possible to each other, but breaching the law,’ the couple’s lawyer S.S. Dhillon told the court.

Skea was also not wearing a mask, which is required in Singapore, during his ventures out of his hotel room


On one of occasion, Skea (left) climbed 13 flights of stairs to visit Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai  (right) who was staying on the 27th floor of the hotel

Sentencing is expected to take place on February 26. 

A spokesperson for the Ritz-Carlton Millenia told Insider that the hotel ‘observes all government-mandated regulations’ when accommodating guests serving their stay-home notices.

‘For privacy reasons, we are unable to provide any further comment on specific incidents,’ the spokesperson added.  

Quarantine violations carry a penalty of a fine of up to S$10,000 ($7,565) or up to six months in jail, or both.

Quarantine violations carry a penalty of a fine of up to S$10,000 ($7,565) or up to six months in jail, or both

The couple were staying at $360-a-night luxury Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel in Singapore 

Singapore has jailed and fined others for breaking COVID-19 rules, while some foreigners have also had their work permits revoked.

Forty-four foreigners who have breached the city-state’s quarantine laws have already had their right to work rescinded. 

It has largely brought the coronavirus under control, with less than a handful of new local cases a day, due to strict quarantining of arrivals, contact-tracing and social distancing.

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