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Straits Times, Singapore, 18 March 2004
Jail, caning for bogus cop who robbed prostitutes
A JOBLESS man who pretended to be an anti-vice policeman to prey on prostitutes, was yesterday jailed for seven years.
Sivakumar Shanmugan, 31, will also be caned the maximum 24 strokes.
He pleaded guilty to 10 charges of impersonating a police officer, robbery and cheating. Two other charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.
Sivakumar would hire a prostitute, and take her to a budget hotel on the pretext of having sex.
But once inside the hotel room, he would flash his expired Environment Ministry pass bearing his photo and identify himself as an anti-vice officer.
He would rifle through woman's belongings and make off with her money and mobile phone.
He did this to five prostitutes.
In some cases, he bound the women's hands with plastic flex-cuffs while he went through their things.
Between February and July last year, Sivakumar stole a total of about $6,000 from the women.
In mitigation, his lawyer, Mr Dinagaran said his client, married with two young children, had to borrow money from loan sharks after being retrenched from his security guard job.
Sivakumar had only intended to get enough money to keep the illegal moneylenders at bay, he said.
He still faces more than 50 charges for impersonating a police officer, cheating and theft.
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Channel News Asia online, 26 March 2004
Man gets 4 years' jail and caning for molesting 10-year-old boy
By Bridget See
The court heard Yen had molested the boy in a fifth floor
toilet at Tiong Bahru Plaza last December.
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