Singapore

Woman jailed for breaching checkpoint

A Malaysian woman who drove through the Woodlands immigration checkpoint without a valid passport was yesterday (July 30) sentenced to four weeks in jail.

A court heard that Chong Jing Jing, 34, had driven from her home in Perak, Malaysia, on June 30.

Her passport had expired.

Instead of stopping at the immigration counter, she tailgated the vehicle in front of her and drove through the barrier.

The officer manning the counter activated the alarm system, bringing traffic at the checkpoint to a halt.

Broke into car to arrest her

After repeated attempts to order her out of her Malaysia-registered Perodua Axia in the arrival section, officers broke in and arrested her.

Chong, an administrator in an Ipoh music school, walked free yesterday after a district judge backdated her sentence to July 2, when she first entered remand.

The judge said her offences were "relatively serious" but noted that she had pleaded guilty and already been in remand for four weeks.

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