In a recent court hearing on Wednesday Sept 20, Siti Junaidah Azahar, a 22-year-old employee at online grocer RedMart, pleaded guilty to one count of giving false information to a public servant.
The case revolves around allegations that Siti falsely accused two of her colleagues of rape and sexual assault in September 2021. Siti initially lodged a police report at Jurong West Neighbourhood Police Centre on September 6, 2021, claiming that she had been raped by her colleagues.
According to the report, she had agreed to have drinks with a friend at a hotel on September 4, 2021. In her account, she claimed to have become intoxicated after consuming whisky mixed with soft drinks and eventually dozed off.
Siti then alleged that the three men took turns sexually assaulting or raping her.
The police promptly initiated an investigation into the matter, processing the hotel room and collecting evidence, including leftover alcohol, mixer drinks, and linen.
A 20-year-old man, accused of rape, and a 21-year-old man, accused of sexual assault, were interviewed by the authorities.
However, during a subsequent police interview on September 8, 2021, Siti confessed that she had actually engaged in consensual sexual intercourse with the 20-year-old and 21-year-old men.
She admitted to fabricating the rape and assault allegations as a means to leave the hotel room since she did not have the means to pay for her transportation home.
According to TODAY report , “the woman said that she had lied as she wanted to leave the hotel room but did not have money with her. As she was unable to get home, she sent a text message to her cousin, lying that three men did something to her, so that her aunt would book her a Grab ride home”.
She sent a text message to her cousin, falsely claiming that she had been assaulted by the men, in order to secure a ride home from her aunt. Her aunt, believing the story, accompanied her to lodge a police report.
Siti, who was represented by a lawyer from the Public Defender’s Office, requested a probation suitability report during the court hearing. The judge ordered the preparation of a probation report and adjourned the sentencing until November.
The offense of giving false information to a public servant carries a penalty of up to two years in jail, a fine of up to S$5,000, or a combination of both.
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