Woman cricket coaches burgled students' homes

Woman cricket coaches burgled students' homes

Two sisters, both former members of Singapore's women's national cricket squad, stole more than $65,000 in cash, jewellery and valuables from the homes of school students while they were at cricket training.

On Wednesday, Rajeswari Pasupathy, 26, was jailed for 15 months for two housebreaking and theft offences, and her sister, Vigineswari, 24, was placed on probation for two years and ordered to do 150 hours of community service.

District Judge Mathew Joseph noted that the older sister had "manipulated" her sibling into committing the crimes.

Rajeswari had also re-offended while serving 11/2 years of probation for a 2011 conviction for theft, the judge added.

Both women had pleaded guilty on Oct 2 to the offences, committed when they were assistant cricket coaches at St Andrew's Secondary School.

The court heard that Rajeswari roped in the school's full-time cricket coach, Jeraj Puvaneshen, to take the house keys of students attending training sessions and whose family members were away overseas.

Puvaneshen - who was jailed for 15 months in May this year for his role - kept the victims occupied with training while the sisters slipped away to do the burglaries.

They would later return the keys to the victims' bags.

They committed the first break-in in December 2009, the second a year later and the third in May last year.

Later that month, Puvaneshen was arrested with stolen camera gear from the break-in.

Police then arrested the sisters.

One count of housebreaking with theft was taken into consideration by the judge for sentencing.

Defence counsel Rakesh Vasu told the court that the sisters' father had made full restitution.

They could have been jailed up to 10 years on each count of housebreaking and theft.


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