He had an intimate relationship with a low IQ woman who was twice his age and he repeatedly abused her trust.
Former cleaner Pasu Pathy Sangaran, 20, made off with a whopping $22,020 worth of jewellery belonging to the food handler and her mother last year.
When the 40-year-old woman tried to stop him, the Malaysian man slapped her face before helping himself to the valuables, which he later pawned.
Court papers did not mention how much he got from pawning the items.
The court heard that the woman has an IQ of 58, which places her in the "extremely low range of adaptive and intellectual functioning". She cannot be named due to a gag order.
The man, Pasu Pathy, was yesterday jailed for six months after pleading guilty to two counts each of theft and voluntarily causing hurt. He also admitted to one count of criminal breach of trust.
The court heard that the pair met at their workplace in September last year and had an intimate relationship.
On Dec 25 last year, the woman gave Pasu Pathy two necklaces and a bracelet worth $11,250 in all, after he promised that he would return them to her.
He took the valuables to a pawn shop at Woodlands the next day and pawned them.
Three days later, he went back to the woman's flat and asked her for more gold jewellery to pawn to help his business.
When the woman tried to stop him, he slapped her twice on her face before taking a bracelet and a bangle worth $4,000 in all.
On Dec 31, he helped himself to her mother's bangle and necklace worth $6,770 in total.
Again, he slapped the woman's face when she tried to stop him from taking them.
The woman's mother made a police report and Pasu Pathy was arrested on Feb 12.
For each count of theft, he could have been jailed up to three years and fined. For each count of voluntarily causing hurt, he could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000.
This article was first published on September 24, 2015.
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