Jobless man charged with impersonating police inspector

Jobless man charged with impersonating police inspector

GEORGE TOWN - A jobless man has claimed trial to impersonating a police officer, extorting a woman of RM4,100 (S$1,590) by threatening to circulate her sex video and having unauthorised possession of a police uniform and two fake pistols.

M. Kesavan, 25, denied all five charges against him at a magistrate's court here.

He is charged with extortion by threatening a 21-year-old woman that he would circulate her sex video at a house in Mount Erskine at 3pm on Nov 6.

Extortion is punishable under Section 384 of the Penal Code with a jail term of up to 10 years or a fine or whipping, or any two such punishments, upon conviction.

He also denied leading the woman to believe that he was a police officer by falsely posing as "Insp Vijay" at the Adventist Hospital here at 3pm on Oct 2.

Kesavan is also charged with falsely impersonating a police officer by introducing himself as "Insp Vijay" to a 29-year-old woman in front of the Public Specialist Centre in Burma Road here at about 11pm sometime between June 15 and June 30.

Each offence of impersonation under Section 170 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both.

He also faces a fourth charge of unlawful possession of a dark blue uniform, a belt with a police emblem, a pair of handcuffs and a police rank insignia in front of a restaurant in Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru, at 6.05pm on Nov 8.

This offence under Section 89(a) of the Police Act carries a maximum fine of RM500 or a jail term of up to six months or both.

Kesavan also faces a fifth charge of unlicensed possession of two imitation pistols in front of the restaurant on the same day and time.

The offence under Section 36(1) of the Arms Act carries a jail term of up to a year or a fine of up to RM5,000 or both.

DPP Charanjit Singh urged the court not to grant bail, saying that the offence was serious and also to prevent witness tampering because the accused knew the victims.

Kesavan's counsel Ravi Chandran asked the court to use its discretion, saying there were no reasonable grounds in this case for bail to be withheld.

Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar disallowed bail because of a high possibility of witness tampering in view of the alleged sex video and fixed Dec 29 to mention the case.

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