Deported from Singapore after 6 weeks in jail: Benjamin Glynn, Briton who had refused to wear a mask on the Singapore MRT or outside court…




SINGAPORE: British national Benjamin Glynn, who was convicted in Singapore of several offences including failing to wear a mask, has been deported to the United Kingdom, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Friday (Aug 20).

Glynn will be barred from re-entering Singapore, the authority said in a statement.

The 40-year-old was handed over to the ICA on Wednesday after being released from custody by the Singapore Prison Service.

Glynn was trialed, convicted and sentenced in one day on Wednesday and had been found guilty of four charges of failing to wear a mask, public nuisance and using threatening words towards a public servant.

He had been given a six-week jail sentence, which was backdated to Jul 19, 2021.




Benjamin Glynn is sent for psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health.


Benjamin Glynn goes on trial on 5 August 2021. No bail allowed. He will sit in jail till then.

He had appeared outside the court on 2 July without a mask. Before the judge, he was reminded twice by the judge to put on his mask.

On 21 July, the judge revoked his bail, so he is now locked up. A further charge, for not wearing a mask, has been added.




Man seen without mask on MRT train charged; shows up at court without mask,

Published JULY 02, 2021

During the hearing, Benjamin Glynn had to be told twice by the judge to wear his mask properly

Glynn faces three charges, including making a nuisance of himself in public and using threatening language against police officers

He allegedly adopted a boxing stance when he told the officers “I’m gonna f***ing drop you”

In the MRT train, he allegedly declared “I will never wear a mask”

SINGAPORE — A 39-year-old man who was not wearing a mask on an MRT train and made a nuisance of himself in public was hauled to court to face three charges on Friday (July 2), but he turned up at court without wearing a mask as well.

Benjamin Glynn, a Briton, also had to be told twice by District Judge Lorraine Ho during the hearing to wear his mask properly before he pulled it up to cover his nose.

However, he immediately took the mask off once he stepped out of the State Courts building.

Glynn is accused of not wearing a mask when travelling on an MRT train on May 7, making a nuisance of himself in public and using threatening language against police officers.

Court documents stated that, past 11pm on May 7, he was travelling from Raffles Place MRT station to Holland Village MRT station when he allegedly declared “I will never wear a mask” on the train, “knowing that the said act will probably cause annoyance to the public”.

Then at about 12.30am on May 9, he was in the ground floor lift lobby of the Allsworth Park condominium when he allegedly used threatening words towards two police officers. 

According to court documents, he allegedly told the officers “I’m gonna f***ing drop you” while adopting a boxing stance.

When asked if he had engaged a legal counsel on Friday, Glynn said that he did, but claimed that his counsel was not allowed to enter the courtroom as he was not wearing the correct attire, and could only sit at the public viewing gallery. 

The man whom Glynn referred to as the legal counsel was wearing a striped white polo tee.

Glynn also told the judge: “He is not a lawyer. He is a legal counsel.”

Confused, DJ Ho asked if he is a lawyer that can represent him in court, and Glynn said: “Yes. I believe so.”

As Glynn had arrived at the State Courts building without wearing a mask, security guards at the entrance of the building stopped him and instructed him to put on his mask. 

Glynn was seen taking his mask out from the pocket of his bermuda pants and putting it over his nose. However, when he was asked to check in using his TraceTogether mobile application or token, he gestured that he did not have any of that.

A security officer later told TODAY that Glynn was only allowed in after the man, who Glynn had referred to as a legal counsel, did a joint check-in for him on his app.


British anti-masker faces six months in Singapore jail after he boarded a train without a face-covering

  • Benjamin Glynn, 39, was secretly filmed by a fellow commuter on train home 
  • Father-of-two doesn’t wear a mask because he believes they offer no protection
  • The Yorkshireman was arrested at his house after the clip went viral on Facebook
  • Glynn says he is now stranded in Singapore and faces up to six months in prison 


PUBLISHED: 12:07 BST, 17 June 2021 | UPDATED: 12:09 BST, 17 June 2021

A British ex-pat who refused to wear a face mask on the train home from work in Singapore is facing six months in jail after a fellow commuter filmed him and posted footage on Facebook  

Father-of-two Benjamin Glynn, 39, believes masks are pointless and fail to protect people from contracting Covid-19, so didn’t wear one while taking the train home from work.

A fellow commuter secretly filmed him and put the clip on social media, prompting officers to arrest him hours later.

After 28 hours in a cell, the Yorkshireman was charged with a public nuisance offence. Mr Glynn claims officers said he faces up to six months behind bars, if found guilty.

Mr Glynn’s passport was confiscated, meaning he couldn’t return to the UK as planned with his partner and two children – aged five and two.

He also lost a new job he was due to start in the UK and fears he could have to spend as much as 12 months on bail before his trial.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is assisting him.

Mr Glynn said: ‘I had no idea anyone had even been filming, but it turned out a video of me unmasked on the late train home from work surfaced online.

‘The police obviously saw it and the next day they were at the door.

‘I don’t believe there is any evidence that masks protect you from Covid-19.

‘Normally I would just tell people I’m exempt and it had never posed any issues before.

‘But now I’m stuck here without my family and I don’t even know when I will appear in court, never mind what my sentence will be.



SINGAPORE – A 39-year-old man who refused to wear a mask while on the MRT train was arrested by the police on Sunday (May 9) for allegedly causing public nuisance and flouting safe distancing measures.

In a video circulating on social media, the man can be seen telling fellow commuters loudly: “I’m very religious… I hate seeing uncles, granddads with the mask on.”

When a fellow commuter offers him a mask, the man rejects it. The video also shows a commuter leaving her seat when he takes the one next to her.


Man arrested after refusing to wear mask on MRT train
By Aqil Haziq Mahmud


SINGAPORE: A man was arrested on Sunday (May 9) for allegedly causing a public nuisance and flouting safe distancing rules after refusing to wear a mask on an MRT train.

A video circulating on social media shows the man without a mask on a train on the East-West Line. Throughout the almost two-minute video, he could be heard telling another commuter why he did not want to wear a mask. 

In response to queries from CNA, the police confirmed that a report was lodged and investigations were ongoing.

“The police arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly causing public nuisance and flouting safe distancing measures in relation to the case,” they said.

In the video, after other commuters appeared to have urged the man to put on a mask, he replied: “Just wear your mask, it’s fine. I will never wear a mask.”

The man then sat between two commuters, prompting a woman on his right to quickly vacate her seat.

“I’m very religious and I love human beings,” the man said. “And I hate seeing uncles, granddads with the mask on.”

The man could be heard on the video talking about how he has researched the issue of wearing of masks. The commuter on his left then got up too and appeared to tell fellow commuters not to engage the maskless man.

“(You’re) just giving him attention,” the commuter said.

Just past the one-minute mark of the video, another commuter offered the man a mask.

The man looked disgusted. “I’m not going to put that on my face,” he said, using an expletive. The mask was left on the seat.


On the same day a woman was handed a 2-week jail term and fined S$2,000 for not wearing her mask and being a public nuisance, another man was filmed on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) refusing to wear a mask.

According to Facebook user Keefe Chan who posted this video on May 8, the incident happened on the evening of May 7 on a train that was headed towards Redhill, which is on the East West Line.

“I will never wear a mask”

In the video, a Caucasian man is seen talking to someone off-screen saying, “I will never wear a mask.”.

The man, who remained very calm throughout the video, then proceeds to sit on an empty seat — sans mask. His actions prompt an adjacent female commuter to get up.

The Caucasian man goes on to say that he is “very religious”, “[loves] human beings” and “hates seeing [unclear] with the masks on”.

As he continues talking, another other commuter on his left got up, and gestured to the person off-screen to stop because “you’re just giving him attention only”.

As the train picks up speed, the Caucasian man asks if the person off-screen has done his research on a bizarre range of topics including, Bill Gates, Freemasons, Jesuits, and the United Nations.

“I’ve researched this quite a lot and it’s not good,” he says.

A chunk of the conversation cannot be heard clearly, but as he is talking, a person walks over to pass him a mask. The Caucasian man makes a face and says: “I’m not going to f*cking put (unintelligible) on my face.”

The person off-screen then tells him that wearing a mask is actually quite comfortable, but the Caucasian man appears unconvinced.

He later asks the person off-screen if he would be happy if his kids are “injected with the vaccine”.

SMRT, the train operator which runs the East West Line, posted an update today (May 9).

It said that whenever its staff are alerted to such incidents, they would request commuters to don their masks. Failure to comply would result in a TransCom activation.


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