Two policemen charged with indecent exposure

KUALA LUMPUR: Two policemen were charged in a magistrate's court with uttering foul words and committing indecent exposure at a police station. 

One of them was also charged with being drunk while armed at a pub in Central Market. 

Insp P. Gnanaarputham, 37, allegedly used a four-letter word and attempted to expose his private parts to some police personnel at the Tun H.S. Lee police station at 8.30pm on March 22 last year. 

Kpl S. Nyana Balan, 38, allegedly used the same foul words at the same place that night.  

He faces a second charge of having in his possession a .38 revolver and five bullets while being drunk at the Bulls Head Pub in Central Market between 7pm and 8pm on March 22. 

Both men, who are with the Bukit Aman Narcotics Department, claimed trial before magistrate Mazilah Abdul Manap and will be jointly tried.  

The maximum punishment for indecent behaviour under the Police Act 1967 is a RM500 fine or six months' jail. 

For carrying arms while drunk, one can be jailed up to a year or fined RM1,000 or both.  

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stanley Augustin urged the court not to give the police inspector and the corporal special treatment by granting them a lower bail. 

He said the court would be sending out the wrong message to the public if the bail were lower than what was normally granted to non-police offenders. 

Arguing for a lean bail sum, counsel Ramesh Sivakumar said both men had been suspended and were on half pay since April 11 last year. 

He said the inspector was now getting a nett pay of RM449.68 each month while the corporal was receiving only 42 sen after deducting housing and car loan repayments. 

Mazilah set bail at RM4,000 in one surety for each accused.  

Both men posted the amount.  

The magistrate set aside Sept 8 to 12 for the hearing.  

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