Deliveroo rider with suspected Covid-19 jailed for breaching stay-home order to deliver food, dealing with weapons

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SINGAPORE - A Deliveroo rider breached his stay-home order after he was suspected to have Covid-19 and made three food deliveries on his motorcycle.

The Singaporean man with a long history of drug-related offences was also linked to a parcel of illegal weapons that included stun devices, knuckle dusters and a sword.

Luqmanul Hakim Mohamed Taha, 32, was on Monday (Jan 17) jailed for 12 months with six strokes of the cane after he was convicted on four charges for offences that include flouting Covid-19 rules and dealing with weapons.

Another six charges for similar offences were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

The court heard that the food delivery rider was diagnosed with an upper respiratory tract infection on May 22last year after he reported ill with a fever and a cough.

Luqmanul was suspected to be infected with Covid-19 and was ordered to stay at home for five days, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ang Siok Chen told the court.

He left the clinic to withdraw money after being shown the bill, but did not return to collect his medicine or medical certificate as he had no money to pay, said DPP Ang.

The clinic could not contact him and reported the incident to the authorities.

The next day, Luqmanul left his home and made three food deliveries on his motorcycle to Deliveroo customers in the evening.

"(Luqmanul) exposed others he had come into contact with to the risk of infection with Covid-19, when he had reason to suspect he was a case or carrier of the disease," said the prosecution.

The court also heard that Luqmanul had ordered illegal weapons that was found by the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at Changi Airfreight Centre on Nov 27, 2020.

An ICA officer found in a lorry a parcel from China containing seven stun devices, 11 knuckle dusters, nine truncheons - known as night sticks - and a concealed sword.

Investigations showed that Luqmanul would contact Low Peng Chen through Telegram when he wanted to order such weapons.

Low told the police that Luqmanul was the main buyer of the weapons he had ordered and both men were arrested after the weapons were seized.

Court documents said that Low was earlier jailed for 19 months with six strokes of the cane and fined $11,000for dealing with weapons.

Luqmanul also evaded urine checks by asking his cousin submit nine illegitimate medical certificates to the...

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