Home > News > Regional
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 7:50:25 AM
A FORMER prison officer landed himself behind bars for passing a document to an inmate and taking out a copy of a letter sent to the inmate.
Parameswaran Selvadurai, 35, a Malaysian, was sentenced to two weeks’ jail after admitting to two charges under the Prisons Act.
A third similar charge was considered during his sentencing.
As a personal supervisor at Changi Prison, he was not supposed to convey messages or instructions by an inmate to his family members.
Any request made would have to be registered into the prison’s database and submitted to superiors for approval. All letters addressed to inmates are also registered.
In February 2010, Parameswaran came to know Sashikumar Rathakrishnan who was detained in maximum security for being involved in secret society activities.
Even though he was not Sashikumar’s personal supervisor, he told him that he could approach him if he needed any help.
During one of their conversations, Sashikumar told Parameswaran that he needed to speak to his family urgently, and gave his wife Bavani Jayapalan’s contact number.
Parameswaran contacted her and gave her his mobile phone number.
He also met her on several occasions even though he was not authorised to contact her.
Sometime in mid-2010, Bavani handed an OCBC bank form to Parameswaran and asked him to get her husband to sign on it to close the bank account of the inmate’s cleaning business.
Parameswaran agreed and brought the form into Changi Prison to Sashikumar when he reported for work the next day.
On another occasion, he made a photocopy of a letter written by a female to Sashikumar and handed it over to Bavani.
On both occasions, he did not seek authorisation from his superiors.
Parameswaran, who has resigned and lost his permanent residence, could have been fined up to S$3,000 (RM7,763) and/or jailed for up to 12 months per charge. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
Tags / Keywords:
Woman seeks help for dog’s fierce attack on her poodle
I was in the dark, says Sun Ho
Behold the cupcake queens
Terengganu St John Ambulance Malaysia crippled after vehicle torched
Retiree guilty of abusing maid
Indian heatwave kills 800
Singapore teen in trouble again for re-posting anti-Lee video
Prosecution calls for reformative training for Amos Yee
Bailed Bollywood star Khan allowed to leave India: Reports
Pakistan arrests owner of ‘fake degree factory’: Officials
Singaporean man jailed 12 weeks for paid sex with minor in online vice ring
Napoli ban questions about Benitez's future
Parrot partners with Chrysler for new in-car TVs
Restful repose in a capsule
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)