An Australian man has been jailed for greater than six months after occurring a drunken rampage in Singapore en route to the Philippines.
Jason Peter Darragh, aged 44, had been due to catch a connecting flight to Cebu when he was caught on video tussling with policemen at Changi Airport in April.
Jobless Darragh pleaded responsible to assaulting a policeman and utilizing prison pressure on the officer’s colleague. He additionally admitted that he hurled vulgarities at one other officer and irritated a girl whereas on bail.
Seven different charges have been considered throughout sentencing in the present day (Thursday, August 31).
Darragh flew from Perth and reached Singapore within the afternoon on April 19. He began consuming at the airport earlier than persevering with his binge at the Clarke Quay leisure space.
By now drunk, he returned to the airport to catch his flight to Cebu, the place he was due to meet his girlfriend.
However, in his drunken state he was unable to discover his check-in counter. Shortly after midnight he requested a passer-by, Mr Teh Gim Tuck, for instructions.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Jason Nim stated: “Suddenly, the accused became agitated and began to hurl vulgarities at Teh. Teh ignored the accused and, as he was walking away, the accused suddenly snatched Teh’s mobile phone from his back pocket and threw it on the ground.”
Mr Teh then reported the encounter at the airport’s police post.
Inspector Elzac Lee Chee Keong and Senior Staff Sergeant Koh See Yong approached Darragh. They determined to arrest him after he turned aggressive.
When one of many officers took out his handcuffs, the Australian shouted: “You don’t come near me or I will break your face.”
Darragh then placed on a pair of headphones and commenced to dance. When he continued resisting arrest, Senior Staff Sgt Koh took out his baton and struck him.
However, this had no impact on the Australian and he continued to push the officers away.
Darragh then charged at Senior Staff Sgt Koh earlier than putting the officer’s face along with his hand. The policeman fell backwards, hitting his again on a steel stand.
Four extra policeman rushed to assist their colleagues. They lastly managed to subdue Darragh and arrest him.
Arrest for grabbing crotch
After being charged and bailed, Darragh was rearrested after he was noticed drunk at Orchard Towers at about midnight on April 25.
Because he had an injured leg, he was taken hospital. At about 1.40am he began abusing the police officer accompanying him with vulgar language.
Then, 5 days later at 5am, he was accused of annoying a 29-year-old lady by grabbing his crotch close to Clarke Quay.
DPP Nim urged District Judge Tan Jen Tse to jail the Australian for eight months and two weeks.
Stressing that Darragh had proven a “gross disregard” for the police officers’ authority, he stated: “Public safety was certainly endangered by the accused’s rampage.”
Darragh’s lawyer, Mr S S Dhillon, pleaded for his consumer to be given the minimal jail sentence and fined.
He stated: “He is by nature not a hostile or violent person. He wishes to tender his most sincere apologies to all his victims.”
Darragh’s dad and mom have been in courtroom in the present day however they declined to converse to reporters.
The Australian obtained off calmly for actions. Under Singapore legislation he may have been jailed for up to seven years and caned for assaulting a police officer.