SINGAPORE - A conman jumped bail on Monday after pleading guilty earlier to 10 charges of cheating a woman of more than $20,000 in cash and jewellery.
Kumar Rajamanickam, 42, who claimed he was a holy man, had convinced her that her jewellery had been cursed and needed cleansing.
But he did not return the jewellery to the woman, a co-curricular programme executive in a secondary school.
He even made her pay hundreds of dollars for “special prayers” and sacrificial offerings of “black sheep” and “black chickens”.
Kumar faced 45 charges of cheating.
He had pleaded guilty on Sept 18 to 10 of the charges and was due to be sentenced on Monday.
The other 35 charges were to be taken into consideration during sentencing.
But nearly an hour after he was supposed to appear in court, Kumar was still not there. Deputy Public Prosecutor Houston Johannus then applied for a warrant of arrest, which was granted by District Judge Marvin Bay.
The trouble started in October 2008, when the woman got to know Kumar through her mother.
Her mother had said the man had special powers and could cure people of their ailments.
In December 2008, the woman deposited $500 into Kumar’s bank account as payment for prayers he was going to conduct in Indonesia.
She continued to transfer various sums of money into the man’s bank account. She would also meet him to pass him cash.
In total, she gave him money at least 40 times, with the amounts ranging from $50 to $750.