Balarasu s/o Periasamy v Public Prosecutor

CourtMagistrates' Court (Singapore)
JudgeGilbert Low Teik Seang
Judgment Date26 March 2001
Neutral Citation[2001] SGMC 14
Citation[2001] SGMC 14
Publication Date19 April 2005

Balarasu s/o Periasamy ...appellant

v

Public Prosecutor ...respondent

Citation: MAC No 398 of 2001
Jurisdiction: Singapore
Date: 2001:03:26
2001:02:27
Court: Subordinate Courts
Coram: Gilbert Low, Magistrate
Counsel: Inspector Hilarion Lopez (Police Prosecutor) for the Public Prosecutor
Accused / Appellant in Person

JUDGMENT:

Grounds of Decision

1. At the end of his trial before me, I found the accused guilty of the following amended charge preferred by the prosecution in MAC 398/2001 and marked Exhibit P4:

"You,

BALARASU S/O PERIASAMY, MALE: 42 YEARS OLD
NRIC NO: S 1343263-E
D.O.B: 24.03.1959

are charged (sic) that you on the 10th day of January 2001, at about 7.50 pm, whilst being conveyed in a police patrol car from Block 5 Seletar West Farmway 6 #01-92 Singapore to Ang Mo Kio Police Division Singapore, did use abusive words to one Koh Boon Yong, a Police Corporal of Ang Mo Kio Police Division Singapore, to wit, by scolding "Fuck You" to the officer, in the execution of his duty as such public servant, and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 13D(1)(a) of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, Chapter 184."

PROSECUTION’S CASE

2. In the afternoon of 10 January 2001, two police officers, Corporal Koh Boon Yong ("Cpl Koh") and Corporal Muhammad Rizal bin Saleh ("Cpl Rizal"), were on police patrol car duty when they received a message at about 3 pm requesting them to proceed to block 5 Seletar West Farmway 6 #01-92 Singapore. The message stated that the caller’s mother was unconscious and police assistance was required. On arrival at the said premises, the accused opened the door for them. The officers then informed him the reason for their visit. However, the accused denied having call for the police. The officers proceeded to check the place and noticed an old lady there whom the accused confirmed to be his mother. The old lady was conscious at that time. When the officers were about to take their leave, the accused stopped them and demanded two dollars from them to buy food for his mother. The officers declined to do so and gave him the relevant contact number should he require financial assistance.

3. The officers resumed their rounds in the patrol car. At about 5 pm, they received another message about an Indian man causing trouble at the same vicinity. The description of the person causing the trouble matched that of the accused whom the officers had earlier met. They went to the vicinity and patrolled the area. However, there was...

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