Man charged with breaching quarantine after giving fake address

March 24, 2020 14:09
Sing Kin Kung-kai has been charged with violating the government's self-quarantine order after he allegedly provided a false address to quarantine staff at Shenzhen Bay Port earlier this month. Photo: Now News

31-year-old man has been charged with violating the government's self-quarantine order after he allegedly provided a false address to quarantine staff at a border control point earlier this month.

Sing Kin Kung-kai, a Hong Kong identity card holder, was the first person prosecuted for allegedly breaching a quarantine order that aims to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Since Feb. 8, those entering Hong Kong from the mainland, including Hong Kong residents, mainland residents and visitors from other places, have been told to stay at home or any other accommodation for a 14-day compulsory quarantine, apart from those exempted under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation.

A Tuen Mun magistrates’ court heard that the defendant entered Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port on March 8, and was thus required to fill in a quarantine form at the arrivals hall, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

However, it was found that the man had given a fake address for his accommodation in the form, knowing that a registered nurse was enforcing the mandatory quarantine.

As a result, he was charged with giving false information to an authorized officer.

Pleading not guilty to the charge, the defendant, who was not represented by a lawyer, asked the magistrate if he could just leave as he did not feel unwell.

But the magistrate noted that the defendant does not have a fixed residential address in Hong Kong and should be considered as presenting a high risk of absconding.

The magistrate, thus, refused to grant him bail and ordered him to be remanded in custody immediately pending further hearing. 

The case was adjourned to Monday for trial listing, with the venue changed to the Fanling magistrates’ court.

Violation of the quarantine regulation is a criminal offense punishable with a fine of up to HK$25,000 and a prison term of up to six months.

– Contact us at [email protected]

TL/JC/CG