Brit who snuck out of quarantine hotel to see fiancée faces six months in jail

A lovestruck Brit is facing a prison sentence after he snuck out of his quarantine hotel in Singapore to go see his fiancée.

Nigel Skea, 52, has been charged with violating the state's mandatory 14-day self-isolation on three separate occasions during his stay at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel in September 2020.

Girlfriend Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, a Singapore native, had booked a room at the same five-star hotel in which Skea was quarantined following his arrival.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is claiming Skea left his room three times on September 21.

One of these violations allegedly included a 2am visit to the 27th floor, where his fiancée was staying.

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He was not wearing a mask when he made the unlawful trip, according to reports.

On Friday Skea was charged with quarantine violation and faces up to six months in prison or a fine of about £5,500 — possibly both.

Eyamalai was also charged with abetting his breach of the coronavirus quarantine requirements.

As he is a foreigner Skea may also have his permit to work and stay in Singapore revoked, as the nation has done to at least 44 Covid rule-breakers since last May.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, a five-star hotel located in Marina Bay where a night's stay starts at about £265, said it "observes all government-mandated regulations" when accommodating guests who are quarantining.

"For privacy reasons, we are unable to provide any further comment on specific incidents," a spokesperson told Insider.

The hotel's website advertises a range of new hygiene and social distancing practices within the building, including a new check-in system, limited restaurant seating capacity and more frequent disinfecting of "high touch points" including lift buttons and door handles.

Singapore has recorded a total of 59,029 cases of coronavirus and just 59 deaths.

This is largely due to its strict pandemic laws including the mandatory two-week isolation for anyone entering the country, a law also adopted by Australia and New Zealand.

Recent arrivals must stay inside their designated room (typically located in a hotel) at all times throughout the 14 days except when undergoing a Covid-19 swab test.

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