A maid under arrest for stealing from her employer was offered help from a cop to return to her native Indonesia - as long as she gave him sexual favours in return.
Staff Sergeant Parthivan Ramaya, 34, told 25-year-old Dwi Sulistiani: "You girl. I boy. You understand, right?"
He was jailed for 14 months yesterday after admitting three out of four charges of corruptly obtaining bribes in the form of physical intimacy and sex.
Parthivan arrested Ms Dwi in January last year and took her to Ang Mo Kio Police Division headquarters where he warned her of the consequences of her alleged offence.
He asked if she wanted his assistance, to which she agreed. But he said she had to help him first.
He told her in Malay: "For one day, I want to make you like my girlfriend, like my wife."
After her statement had been recorded, he again asked her whether she wanted his help to return to Indonesia.
He then told her to touch him and groped her buttocks.
He then took her to a different interview room where he hugged and kissed her.
The next day, after administering a warning to her, he took the maid back to his flat in Yishun and had sex with her in the living room and shower.
It was not revealed in court how he was caught.
The prosecution pressed for a stiff sentence to send a strong message to serving officers that such transgressions would not be condoned.
"If left unchecked, such offences would erode public confidence in our law enforcement agencies," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Haniza Abnass.
As a senior investigation officer, Parthivan was in a position of trust, she said, adding that his offences were pre-meditated.
Parthivan's lawyer Josephus Tan, who represented him for free, said his client had been diagnosed with mental disorders caused by a head injury he suffered in a road traffic accident two years ago.
A doctor stated that Parthivan's mental disorders had impaired his thinking at the time and was a contributory factor to the offences.
The lawyer said his client was remorseful for his actions, adding that his wife is expecting their fourth child.
A charge of receiving physical intimacy from the maid at a stairwell of a block of flats was considered during his sentencing.
Parthivan could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge.
This article was first published on Aug 20, 2014.
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