GEORGE TOWN - A senior female police officer was found guilty by a magistrate's court here of releasing an alleged serial 'Casanova' swindler and lodging a false police report.
Asst Supt L. Chandkumary, 57, was jailed for three and half years after being found guilty of the offences at the end of the defence case.
She was dressed in a red blouse and black pants, with a pink scarf around her neck and appeared calm when magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar found her guilty.
However, when a female police officer handcuffed Chandkumary and escorted her out of the courtroom, she appeared to be teary-eyed and was seen rubbing her eyes with her fingers.
Chandkumary also used her scarf to prevent photographers from taking her picture as she was led out of the courtroom.
Dianne Ningrad ruled that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.
Chandkumary was found guilty of intentionally releasing computer technician K.K. Prabaharan, 47, who was in her custody, at the George Town court complex at 1.50pm on Oct 9, 2013. The offence under Section 225A(1)(a) of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine, or both.
Chandkumary was also found guilty of lodging a false police report at 8.05pm on the same day, claiming that Prabaharan disappeared when she was writing down remarks on the case at her office, while waiting for the case to be mentioned in court.
The offence under Section 182 of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to six months or a fine of up to RM2,000 (S$687.50), or both.
In pleading for a lower sentence, Chandkumary's counsel Dr N. Ahilan urged the court to consider the former's 32 years of service as a police officer and prosecuting officer.
DPP Siti Fatimah Talib, who prosecuted the case, said the accused was a senior police officer, who has the power and knowledge about the law and urged the court to mete out a heavy sentence as a lesson to the accused, the public and police.
Dianne Ningrad then sentenced Chandkumary to three years' jail for the first charge and six months' jail for the second charge.
She also ordered Chandkumary to serve her jail sentences concurrently from the date of conviction yesterday.
Dr Ahilan then applied for a stay of execution, which was dismissed by the court.
Outside the courtroom, he told reporters that the defence will be applying for a stay of execution to the High Court, adding that they will also be filing an appeal to the High Court.
ASP Chandkumary was also represented by counsel Danny C. Navarednam.