Jailed: Man who threatened to post ex-lover's nude photos online, insulted policeman

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
(Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — A man harassed his former lover for three months, threatening to post her nude photos online if she didn’t get back together with him, a court heard.

A year later, Simon Subramaniam, 34, used abusive words on a policeman at a police station while he was drunk and in handcuffs. Subramaniam mentioned his private parts and insulted the policeman’s appearance.

At the State Courts on Tuesday (17 September), Subramaniam was jailed for 10 weeks after he pleaded guilty to four charges - causing alarm by using threatening words, committing a rash act endangering the personal safety of others, behaving in a disorderly manner, and using abusive words on a public servant.

Threatened to post nude photo

Subramaniam was in a relationship with a woman and the couple ended their relationship in July 2017.

Over the next three months, he threatened to post her nude photos online if she did not get back together with him.

The next year, on 11 September 2018, Subramaniam got into an argument with the woman over the phone.

He went to her home and knocked on the door but didn’t receive a reply.

He then took 12 pairs of shoes outside her home and threw them down from the 10th floor common corridor to the ground floor of the block. No one was injured by the rash act.

Subramaniam also splashed orange paint on the woman’s door.

Used abusive words on policeman

On 27 May last year, Subramaniam shouted at the top of his voice at policemen at a car park in Boon Lay.

Policemen warned him multiple times to stop to no avail.

Officers arrested him and brought him back to Jurong Police Divisional Headquarters. While in a police car on the way there, Subramaniam shouted multiple vulgarities at policemen.

While handcuffed to a metal railing and waiting for his documents to be processed, Subramaniam also used abusive words on a sergeant who was a full-time police national serviceman.

The culprit’s actions were captured on the body-worn camera of policemen.

The maximum punishment for causing alarm by using threatening words is a fine of up to $5,000 and up to six months’ jail for first-time offenders. The punishment for subsequent offenders is a fine of up to $10,000 and up to one year in jail.

The maximum penalty for using abusive words on a public servant is a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year in jail for first-time offenders. The penalty for subsequent offenders is a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years’ jail.

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