Policewoman jailed 5 months for forging statement
When a senior police officer was unable to meet an alleged molestation victim to interview her, she decided to speed up the investigation by forging the woman’s statement.
Kalaivani Kalimuthu’s account gave the impression that the alleged victim did not mind being touched and recommended that no further action be taken.
However, when the victim was interviewed later, she denied making the statement – and the senior staff sergeant’s deceit was uncovered.
Kalaivani, who was a investigation officer at Ang Mo Kio Division between September 2011 and November 2016 was sentenced to five months’ jail on Tuesday (Jan 8) after pleading guilty last month to a forgery charge.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Chew said the alleged victim had lodged a police report and provided a statement on March 27, 2016, saying she had been molested.
Kalaivani was assigned to the case the following month.
Kalaivani also forged the woman’s signature then forwarded the investigation papers to her officer-in-charge on Nov 25, 2016, recommending that no further action be taken.
The case was later reassigned to Senior Investigation Officer (SIO) Pang Shijie.
In December 2016, the investigation papers were sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), recommending that the alleged victim be warned for providing false information.
But the AGC directed the police to record a further statement from the woman, who denied making the earlier statement when SIO Pang interviewed her in June 2017.
There also wasn’t any record of the victim visiting the station on the date that Kalaivani falsified the statement.
Kalaivani has been suspended from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) since Sept 14, 2017.
In a statement, the SPF said that its officers are expected to uphold the law and maintain the highest standards of conduct and integrity, adding: “We deal severely with officers who break the law, including charging them in court.”
For forgery, Kalaivani could have been jailed for up to four years and fined.
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