I am sometimes asked about Protection From Harassment Act Singapore. My clients are also interested to know about harassment penalty Singapore.
What is considered harassment in Singapore?
Recently, Jannie Chan appeared in Court to explain her intentions in sending hundreds of allegedly harassing and defamatory emails to her ex-husband. The prominent businesswoman co-founded watch retailer The Hour Glass (a public listed company) with her ex-husband.
Chan claimed that the emails were mainly updates on matters relating to:
- Their child Audrey;
- Audrey’s children; and
- Their companies.
The couple had been married for 41 years before their divorce in 2010.
On the stand, Chan voiced her grievances in relation to her ex-husband’s “Korean lady friend”, whom she claimed to have “changed everything” in 3 years.
Chan’s ex-husband had brought contempt proceedings against her for flouting Court orders. Chan had been ordered to stop defaming her husband and sending him emails without consent.
Chan had allegedly sent her ex-husband 1260 emails in a 11-month period between November 2013 and September 2014. Another 446 emails were sent between March 2016 to February 2017, and 42 emails were sent between April to July 2017.
Chan’s ex-husband’s lawyer said that any sanction (harassment penalty Singapore) should be higher than $30,000 to deter Chan from sending further emails to her ex-husband.
The Court is likely to deliver its verdict by the end of July 2017.
See: Selina Lum, “Hour Glass co-founder Jannie Chan hauled to court again by ex-husband over e-mails”, The Straits Times, 6 July 2017
At Family Law Advocates, we have acted for and defended many clients under the Protection From Harassment Act Singapore. The Protection From Harassment Act Singapore serves “to protect persons against harassment and unlawful stalking and to create offences, and provide civil remedies related thereto or in relation to false statements of fact”.
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