SINGAPORE — Unhappy with his partner for not showering him with enough attention, a 34-year-old man called the police hotline and lied that someone had tried to drug and rape him, a court heard.
Fredy Kosman Kwee later lied to a police investigator that his 50-year-old boyfriend had force-fed him a pill which made him lose consciousness and then raped him at their home.
Kwee came clean soon after, when confronted with evidence from CCTV footage which showed that his boyfriend was not at home at the time of the alleged offence.
At the State Courts on Monday (18 November), Kwee, a Singapore permanent resident from Indonesia, was sentenced to five days’ jail after he pleaded guilty to one of three charges of giving false information to a public servant.
The two remaining counts were considered in sentencing.
Called police hotline
At about 6.15pm on 2 January, Kwee called the police emergency hotline to say “there is a fight here”. He gave the location of his boyfriend’s West Coast Road flat and officers were dispatched to the scene.
Between 6.15pm and 6.45pm, Kwee called ‘999’ twice more to ask for more officers to be sent. He also alleged that someone had tried to drug and rape him.
An investigator from Clementi Police Division arrived at the scene at around 9.05pm. Kwee went up to the officer and lied that his Singaporean boyfriend had come into his room while he was sleeping at about 3pm, covered him with a pillow case and force-fed him a pill. Kwee claimed that he lost consciousness soon after and woke up at around 4.30pm.
The investigator checked CCTV footage in the area which showed that the boyfriend was not at home in the afternoon. At about 11pm, Kwee was confronted with the evidence, but maintained his allegation about being drugged and raped by his boyfriend.
The investigator then told Kwee that an officer from the specialised crime branch would arrive shortly to interview him. That was when he decided to come clean. He said he lied because he felt his boyfriend was not showering him with enough attention.
In mitigation, Kwee’s lawyer Malcolm BH Tan said his client was at the time suffering from amphetamine induced psychosis with amphetamine use disorder. He was also depressed, the lawyer said. In 2016, Kwee was jailed for eight months for using methamphetamine.
Kwee and his boyfriend have since reconciled and continue to live together, the lawyer said. The couple attend City Harvest Church regularly and Kwee works as a guest experience leader at a McDonald’s outlet. He also teaches dance on a part-time basis on his days off.
Tan asked for a fine, or one day in jail along with a $2,000 fine. He said Kwee was remorseful and recanted the false statement less than two hours after making it.
District Judge Marvin Bay allowed Kwee to start his sentence on Thursday.
The maximum punishment for knowingly giving false information to a public servant is one year in jail along with a fine of up to $5,000.
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