Briton detained in Singapore mental hospital after refusing to wear mask

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A British man arrested for refusing to wear a facemask on Singapore’s subway has been detained in a mental hospital after branding legal action against him “disgusting”.

As his trial began on Thursday, 39-year-old Benjamin Glynn said he would “never plead guilty or not guilty” to the charges against him. “I refuse to be a slave,” he added as anti-mask supporters backed him from the public gallery. “I think it’s insane that I am facing a trial at all, just for not wearing a mask.”

“The accused’s behaviour in court speaks for itself,” Mr Koh said. But Mr Glynn replied in a raised voice: “My mind is crystal clear. I’m wide awake.”

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Judge Tham ordered Mr Glynn to be remanded to the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric monitoring until the trial continues on August 19.

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