SINGAPORE — A woman who confined a man in her home and extorted money from him over a false rape accusation was jailed for six weeks on Monday (16 November).
Fatin Ain Abdullah, 29, demanded compensation from the man for allegedly raping her roommate, who had claimed the man touched her without permission despite having earlier had consensual sexual intercourse with him.
Aside from this offence, Fatin also manipulated a different man who had feelings for her into attacking another man, with whom she had sex with.
The Malaysian woman had earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of wrongful confinement and of voluntarily causing hurt with common intention. Another count of providing false information to a public servant and one count of voluntarily causing hurt were taken into consideration for her sentencing.
Fatin, who was found to have psychosis with depression, also has a medical history of epilepsy, hallucinatory voices and suicidal intention but was found unsuitable for a mandatory treatment order, day reporting or a community service order.
Fatin, who had worked as a cleaner in Singapore since 2009, shared a home with her distant cousin, Siti Maryanah Mohammed Abas. On 12 July 2017, the pair met a male construction worker in Geylang at about 3am. The trio later returned to the cousins’ home where they drank beer until 7am.
At about 8am, Fatin left the home to buy food. During her absence, Sit and the worker engaged in consensual sexual intercourse. When Fatin returned to find them in a state of undress, she became angry.
Fearing Fatin’s wrath, Siti lied and claimed that the man had “touched her”.
Fatin then decided to turn the situation to her advantage by extorting money from the man as compensation for allegedly raping her cousin. She demanded that he call his friends to transfer money to her and prevented him from leaving by locking the main gate with a padlock.
She also told the man, “If you go out, you die”, and threatened to call the police. The man then handed his wallet to Fatin, along with some money from his pocket and two gold chains.
Siti called the police at about 10.31am claiming, “I was molested by an Indian man. My cousin is holding on to him he tried to run away. No need ambulance.”
At some point during the man’s confinement, Fatin also assaulted him with her belt. The man was only released after the police arrived. He was examined by a doctor and was found to have superficial abrasions.
A month after these offences, Fatin became involved with a 50-year-old man, whom she also met in Geylang. Although the two had engaged in consensual sexual intercourse, Fatin claimed to a male friend named Isnin Idris that she had been raped.
She knew that Isnin was romantically interested in her and added that the other man had made her consume drugs as well.
On 5 August 2017, Fatin and Isnin met the other man at a coffeeshop, where Isnin confronted him for his “crime”. Isnin demanded $200 from the man, who proclaimed his innocence.
Isnin and Fatin then began attacking the other man, with Fatin slapping the victim and using her metal belt buckle to hit his face. Isnin also punched the man’s jaw while holding a small pair of scissors with the blade protruding from between his knuckles.
The victim was momentarily stunned by the assault and slumped forward in his chair, with his face bleeding.
The duo then took the fight to a side lane where Isnin repeated his demand for $200. The scuffle only stopped after a passer-by shouted for the police. Isnin and Fatin then fled the scene.
The victim sustained a 2cm wound on his right cheek from the incident.
Two days after the incident, Fatin lied to a police officer at the Institute of Mental Health by claiming that she had been raped by the other man on 5 August 2017, leading the police to launch investigations against the man.
Fatin’s lawyer, Shehzhadee Rahman, said her client had unlawfully confined the first victim in order to protect her friend. She also urged the court to consider Fatin’s mental illnesses as a mitigating factors for sentencing.
Isnin pleaded guilty on 5 November 2018 over his role in assaulting the second man and was jailed one year.
Voluntarily causing hurt carries a term of up to three years jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Wrongful confinement carries a jail term of up to three years, and a fine.
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